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Aston Villa: Will attempt to sell Lovre Kalinic in January

Aston Villa: Will attempt to sell Lovre Kalinic in January

Aston Villa will attempt to sell Lovre Kalinic, having failed to do so during the summer, according to Football Insider.

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There had been interest from Belgian and Croatian clubs, but no deal was reached, with Dean Smith giving his permission to cash in on his first-ever Villa signing when January comes around.

Kalinic’s contract doesn’t run out until the summer of 2023, as per Transfermarkt, but with the 29-year-old currently behind Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and Orjan Nyland in the pecking order, a move seems inevitable.

Kalinic, who has appeared 18 times for his national side, signed for Villa from KAA Gent in January 2019, but has only played seven games for the club, as per Transfermarkt.

He played the full 90 minutes six times in a row, before being taken off at half time in a 2-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion in February – he hasn’t played a competitive game for the club since.

Only one of those games he featured in resulted in a win, with Villa’s game against relegated Ipswich Town ending 2-1, while Kalinic kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Reading.

His departure from the starting line up coincided with the 12-game unbeaten streak that helped ensure Smith’s side reached the play-offs.

It is understandable that Villa want to sell Kalinic during January considering his role at the club, if anything, the main surprise is that he hasn’t departed already.

With Euro 2020 coming and the Croatian still in with a realistic chance of being his country’s main goalkeeper having already featured in European qualifiers, it would have been expected that the 29-year-old would do all he can to get himself minutes on the pitch.

Villa fans, is there any hope of Kalinic making an impact for your club? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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