Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic could be set for a move away from Villa Park this summer, according to reports.
The 29-year-old became Dean Smith’s first signing as Villa boss when he joined the club in a £7 million switch from Gent in January, coming in to take the place of Orjan Nyland who had been unconvincing.
However, the Croatian international didn’t have the impact many had hoped he would and lost his place in the starting line-up in mid-February after just eight appearances.
It has now been suggested the Croatian’s unsuccessful spell in the Midlands could be brought to an end sooner rather than later, with Ligue 1 club Nantes said to be weighing up a bid, according to Mercato, cited on Birmingham Live.
The French club have recently sold their number one goalkeeper to Lyon and have seemingly identified Kalinic as a possible replacement.
His potential departure would open the door for Villa to bring in a new ‘keeper, with Stoke City’s England international stopper Jack Butland said to be a target.
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Butland has been strongly linked with Villa, who are looking to strengthen for the Premier League. The 26-year-old has made 77 appearances in the top flight and may want to make the step back up.
Mignolet is likely to leave Liverpool this summer after sitting on the bench for the last 18 months. He has plenty of Premier League experience and would be a high quality signing for a newly promoted club.
Etheridge was arguably the stand-out performer for Cardiff City last season despite their relegation. He has been linked with several Premier League clubs in the last few weeks, including Villa.
Forster has lost his place in the Southampton goal and will likely move on this summer. At 31, he still has some good years ahead of him and could be available in a cut-price deal with the Saints ready to let him go.
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