Birmingham news Aston Villa learn transfer update as fans provide Reina verdict MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Reina reaction Aston Villa fans have been reacting to a claim made in the Italian press that their side are keen on bringing Pepe Reina back on loan for another season. Reina spent the latter half of the 2019-20 campaign with Villa having made the temporary switch to B6 in January. The former Liverpool goalkeeper helped Villa to Premier League safety, conceding only two goals in the final four matches as Dean Smith's side saw out the campaign without defeat. With Lovre Kalinic not in Smith's plans and Tom Heaton still out injured, a goalkeeper could be signed this summer. Sign up for our Villa newsletter with your email in the box at the top of the page or click here Orjan Nyland won back his place in goal from Reina but was then dropped and the Spaniard reinstated. Jed Steer, meanwhile, is recovering from an Achilles injury. So should Villa bring Reina back? We asked the claret and blue faithful and they responded. "Experience for the dressing room," one fan said. "OK with me." "Brought great experience at the back post-lockdown when we needed it!" said another. "We’ll need him again next year to compete with Heaton!" A third fan said: "I've no problem with that solid backup with huge experience." "Take him for a season, play him until Heaton is back then use him as the backup," a fourth fan added. Kappa kit reveal Aston Villa will finally unveil their new Kappa kit for the upcoming Premier League season which starts in just six weeks. The club are among just a select few to have not showcased next season's strip with the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea all donning their respective shirts on the final-day of the 2019/20 campaign. Villa, meanwhile, are in their second year with Kappa and have another 12 months on their contract which runs until the summer of 2022. Villa do, though, have a new 'principal partner', UK online car retailer Cazoo who will replace betting firm W88 on the front of home, away, goalkeeper, kids, training and women's kits. So, with Kappa and Cazoo confirmed, all supporters are waiting on is the style and fit of the claret and blue home shirt, and the chosen away colour. Today, though, Villa will officially launch their new strip for the year ahead with the club set to announce it from 10am. The club put out a snazzy black and white image on social media outlining the details of the big home 20/21 kit reveal with the date August 1 at 10am British Summer Time. Campana cost Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Levante midfielder Jose Gomez Campana. Campana, 27, is reportedly being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs with the transfer window now open. A former Spain under-21 international, Campana spent a short stint in England with Crystal Palace but didn't make a big impression at Selhurst Park before leaving for Sampdoria in 2014.
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Villa are intent on backing Dean Smith in the transfer window having appointed Johan Lange as sporting director after Jesus Garcia Pitarch's departure. Reports in the Spanish press ahead of the window placed Campana's value at around £27m, with Levante under no pressure to sell after making him their highest-paid player on a new three-year contract earlier this year. El Desmarque are reporting Villa are keen to secure his services, while newly-promoted Leeds United, Everton and Arsenal are also mentioned as holding an interest. A lazy link? Aston Villa have been linked with Swedish No.1 Robin Olsen, a goalkeeper well-known to the club's new sporting director Johan Lange. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport have outlined how the 30-year-old 'could become an objective for Aston Villa' following Lange's announcement at Villa Park earlier this week. Olsen spent two seasons at Copenhagen alongside Lange before he was sold off to Roma for £8.1 million, with the Dane's banking around £7.5 million in profit. The Swede signed a five-year contract with the Italian giants in 2018 but, last season, was loaned out to Cagliari after failing to nudge out the club's No.1, Pau Lopez. Olsen featured 17 times for Cagliari and kept four clean sheets with the goalkeeper set to be in action tonight against AC Milan as the Serie A finally reaches its conclusion.
Regarding Villa's goalkeeping situation, Dean Smith waved goodbye to Pepe Reina following the completion of his loan deal. Villa's No.1 Tom Heaton is set for a return to training in three weeks' time following eight months out with knee ligament damage. The club's other keepers are Orjan Nyland, Jed Steer, forgotten man Lovre Kalinic and highly-rated under-23s stopper Viljami Sinisalo. As for Nyland, his contract expires next June and the Norwegian will want assurances over game-time. Steer, meanwhile, is just back from an Achilles tear with his future also unclear, while Kalinic is expected to be moved on. Over the course of the next few days, Smith, Lange and chief executive Christian Purslow will outline key transfer priorities and a long-term goalkeeper could be high on Villa's wish-list. As for today's latest link regarding Olsen, the Swede - who played in the 2018 World Cup - is deemed surplus to requirements at Roma and would be readily available. He's valued at around £6 million according to German-based stats website Transfermarkt.
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