Italian website CalcioMercato have claimed that Aston Villa have tabled a two-year deal worth £35,000 a week to sign veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina – after the Spaniard returned to AC Milan following his loan spell.
Reina, 37, joined Villa in January on loan from AC Milan after the Italian giants signed Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth on a temporary basis as cover for Gianluigi Donnarumma. Reina played 12 times for Villa.
Though he lost his place in the team immediately after the restart, Reina returned to the starting line-up and was crucial in Villa earning eight points from their final four games to produce a shock late survival.
Clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Arsenal helped Villa, and now they want to repay him. It remains to be seen how much Milan want for Reina – who still has 12 months left on his contract at the San Siro.
But it is believed that Villa are ready to table an offer of £35,000 a week for the next two seasons. Reina is yet to respond, but his future may depend on whether Milan want to keep or sell the World Cup winner.
TBR’s view – Villa have got to keep Reina, even as Heaton cover
Orjan Nyland has failed to rid himself of the odd mistake since his move to Villa under Steve Bruce. Failing to catch the ball against Sheffield United was a rare example of goal technology failing to work.
Jed Steer may find himself unfortunate to have only played four times during 2019-20. Both could leave this summer. Heaton is the club’s best, and Reina would be excellent cover.