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Report: Sampdoria target swoop for £7m Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic

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Report: Sampdoria target swoop for £7m Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic

Lovre Kalinic has lost his place in the Aston Villa side.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic could leave just several months after moving to England. According to Il Secolo XIX, Sampdoria are interested in signing Kalinic from Aston Villa.

Sampdoria are looking for a new goalkeeper to compete with Italy U21 starlet Emil Audero. Kalinic is a name that has popped up and he is likely to be available before the European deadline.

The Croatia international only joined Aston Villa in January. He cost a major fee of £7m when he left Gent to pen a four-year deal in the West Midlands (talkSPORT). But Aston Villa are already looking to move him on.

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Kalinic failed to impress during his eight games last season. He replaced error-prone Norwegian Orjan Nyland but was also prone to mistakes. Eventually, Dean Smith lost patience and brought Jef Steer into the side instead.

 

Aston Villa can afford to lose Kalinic

Kalinic is now third choice at Aston Villa at best. Tom Heaton joined from Burnley in the summer and Steer is the deputy at Villa Park. With Nyland still on their books and youngster Matija Sarkic to recall from Livingston if needed, Aston Villa can afford to part ways with Kalinic.

The 29-year-old’s time in England has been catastrophic and he needs to move on for his own career. However, there are no guarantees over playing time at Sampdoria. Audero is highly-rated and he could sit on the bench in Italy, too. Also, it is likely to be a loan spell, given the fact that he has three years left on his current deal.

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