Aston Villa clears Lovre Kalinic on one condition

Aston Villa are reportedly allowing Lovre Kalinic to leave the club this summer if a third-choice keeper can be recruited.

According to Birmingham Live, the 31-year-old goalkeeper will be allowed to leave the Villains if the club manage to find a keeper to replace him.

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Kalinic is yet to return to the club after his involvement for Croatia at Euro 2020. With John McGinn, the duo are on extended pre-season leave to fully recover.

The keeper spent last season with Croatian side Hadjuk Split, where Kalinic became the club’s captain on a successful loan.

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With Tom Heaton leaving for Manchester United, Villa needs a third-choice keeper with a surplus of Kalinic over needs.

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Kalinic joined Villa in January 2019. However, three poor performances in his first games for the club doomed the Croatian keeper with the Midlands club. The former Gent star only made eight appearances for Dean Smith’s side.

With Emi Martinez, established number one at Villa and Jed Steer, a solid replacement for 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 Croatian is another question. With Villa stocked for local players and Martinez one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers, Smith could look into the free agent pool or promote an academy youngster to fill the role for next season.

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