Report: Aston Villa to allow player competing at Euro 2020 to leave this summer on one condition
Aston Villa will reportedly allow Lovre Kalinic to leave the club this summer if a third-choice goalkeeper can be signed.
According to Birmingham Live, the 31-year-old shot-stopper will be granted permission to depart the Villains if the club can find a keeper to replace him.
Kalinic is yet to return to the club following his involvement for Croatia at Euro 2020. Along with John McGinn, the duo have are on extended leave from pre-season to fully recover.
The shot-stopper spent last season with Croatian side Hadjuk Split, where Kalinic became captain of the club in a successful loan spell.
With Tom Heaton departing for Manchester United, though, Villa need a third-choice keeper with Kalinic surplus to requirements.
Kalinic joined Villa in January 2019. However, three poor performances in his first few games for the club doomed the Croatian keeper with the Midlands club. The former Gent star has only ever made eight appearances for Dean Smith’s side.
With Emi Martinez the established number one at Villa and Jed Steer a solid backup to the Argentina international, Kalinic is almost certain to leave the club for good this summer.
As to who the club will sign to replace the Croat is another question. With Villa stocked for homegrown players and Martinez one of the best keepers in the Premier League, Smith could look in the free-agent pool or promote a youngster from the academy to fill out the role for next season.
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