Birmingham news Fresh claim emerges in Villa's permanent pursuit of Pepe Reina MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina played a key role in Aston Villa's final day survival in the Premier League
Breaking News ! Any deal that Aston Villa had in mind for AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina may be put on hold. Reina was a part of the Villa side that secured Premier League survival last season, with the Spanish goalkeeper returning to the side for the final run-in after being dropped at the start of the season's Project Restart plan that saw the top tier kick football back off in June after breaking up in March. And with Villa's goalkeeping situation in flux due to a long-term injury sustained by first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton - as well as uncertainty over Orjan Nyland's form - Reina's availability may be of big interest to Villa following a decent loan spell in January. (Image: Peter Powell/Pool via Getty Images) Reina, with a year left on his Rossoneri contract, will see his path to first-team football blocked by the presence of wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma - and has a higher chance of starting for Villa until Heaton's return. Even then, Reina would pick up more minutes as a back-up for Villa than as back-up for Milan.
. That's according to AC Milan journalist Alessandro Jacobone who has reported that a possible issue in any deal to bring Reina to the club on a permanent basis will hinge on the difference in pay packets provided by the club.
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Reportedly, Reina's request for a severance package to offset the drop in wages between Milan and Villa's two-year offer could throw the deal off of the rails thanks to the finer details of any deal between the thre parties. Milan are still happy for Reina to leave for no fee, owing to his high salary - meaning that any potential deal that takes him away from the club is still a positive, in the eyes of the Rossoneri hierarchy. Reina wouldn't necessarily need to fit into Villa's transfer philosophy despite the history of Johan Lange's purchases in his past role at Copenhagen and a few quality reinforcements up front and at the back could fit outside of age and value requirements to ensure the club are in a good place ahead of the upcoming 20/21 season.
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