By Will Butcher
Aston Villa are preparing to sign goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini within the next 24 hours, according to reports.
The Birmingham Mail claims that the 21-year-old shot stopper has agreed personal terms with the Villains ahead of a £4.1million move from Hellas Verona this summer.
The report says Roberto Di Matteo met with the Italy Under-20 international over the weekend to outline his plans for the future and Gollini was said to have been impressed.
The 6ft 2in keeper came through the ranks at Manchester United before returning to his homeland in 2014 and now could become Aston Villa’s first choice goalkeeper.
Di Matteo has been eyeing a move for a new keeper after noting the poor performances of both Brad Guzan and Mark Bunn this season.
Gollini made 27 appearances in all competitions this season as Verona were relegated from Serie A and despite still having three years on his current contract, may be tempted by a move to the Championship.
The report also mentions that Di Matteo has been given the green light from new keeper coach Massimo Battara that the move represents good value.