By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has lodged a £4.1million bid for Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim the Midlands club want to sign the shot stopper but are waiting on a response from the Italian club ,who were relegated from Serie A at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Villa’s two senior keepers Brad Guzan and Mark Bunn struggled with form and consistency as they conceded 76 goals in a wretched campaign.
The club’s new goalkeeping coach Massimo Battara is said to have expressed his desire to capture the 21-year-old to manager Di Matteo, who then put in a formal offer in a bid to lure the youngster to Villa Park.
Gollini was previously on the books at Manchester United, but failed to make a first-team appearance before he left for Italian side Fiorentina.
He then joined Hellas Verona, where he made 26 appearances in a stand-out season for the relegated side.
The Italy Under-20 international is said to be interested in a move back to England and if an offer is accepted then the youngster will be Di Matteo’s second signing of the summer after the capture of Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick for a fee of £3m.
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