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Aston Villa: Club linked with Paulo Gazzaniga move

Aston Villa: Club linked with Paulo Gazzaniga move - Aston Villa

Aston Villa have been linked with a move for outgoing Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, as reported by Birmingham Live.

The Lowdown: Villa’s previous interest

This isn’t the first time Villa have been linked with Gazzaniga. Before they signed Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal, the 29-year-old was at the centre of an enquiry from Villa over a possible Midlands switch.

As we know, a deal never got going, and the club’s move for Martinez has proved to be an inspired one, with the shot-stopper keeping 15 clean sheets in the 2020/21 season.

Mauricio Pochettino described Gazzaniga as ‘fantastic’ back in 2019, and it seems as if Villa are interested in his services once again.

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The Latest: A move ‘would make a lot of sense’

Birmingham Live shared a story on Thursday evening, claiming Villa are once again linked with the Argentine.

Tottenham recently confirmed that Gazzaniga will be released when his deal expires next month, with The Sun’s Alan Nixon suggesting a free transfer switch to Villa Park ‘would make a lot of sense’.

Gazzaniga, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Elche, was on £20,000-a-week in north London and made 37 appearances for Spurs in total.

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The Verdict: A shrewd Heaton replacement?

Tom Heaton, on £42,000-a-week in the Midlands, has reportedly agreed to move to Manchester United this summer when his contract expires.

So, if Gazzaniga is willing to come in as backup alongside Jed Steer to challenge Martinez, it could be a smart signing.

He has 43 Premier League appearances in total under his belt as well as a senior cap for Argentina and Villa wouldn’t have to cough up a penny when it comes to a transfer fee.

At 29 years of age, he could be the quality backup option Villa need for the long term, and a cheaper one than Heaton judging by the wages, so a potential move may well be one to keep a close eye on over the coming months.

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