By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have opened talks with Juventus to sign goalkeeper Nicola Leali, according to a report.
The ex-Italy international spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Serie A claim Frosinone but could not prevent their relegation to the second tier.
The Sun claim that Juventus are prepared to let Leali go out on loan for the fifth time in five seasons, with Villa being a possible destination.
The 23-year-old has failed to break into the Juventus first team as current first choice keeper Gianluigi Buffon maintains his long-term hold on the position.
Roberto Di Matteo is expected to bring in a goalkeeping replacement for Brad Guzan this summer after the 31-year-old’s underwhelming form in the Premier League in 2015-16.
Leali featured in 33 Serie A games this season on loan for Frosinone, conceding 59 goals and keeping seven clean sheets as the club were relegated to Serie B after finishing 19th in the league.
If the move does go through it would see the 6ft 4in keeper come into a defence that shipped 76 goals last season as Villa crashed out of the Premier League with a paltry 17 points.
In other Aston Villa news, the club have made a decision in the pursuit of a Euro 2016 star.