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20th Dec, 2016 | 3:54pm

Aston Villa in talks over January loan-to-buy move for 21-year-old - report

By Will Butcher

Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini could be set to join Inter Milan in January after scheduling talks with the Serie A giants, according to a report.

Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that the 21-year-old’s representatives will meet Villa chiefs soon to thrash out a loan-to-buy move.

The goalkeeper has been in woeful form at Villa Park since his £4million summer move, making high-profile mistakes against Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday.

It is believed Inter are ready to look past the former Manchester United youth player’s poor form, as they look to add homegrown players to their ranks to adhere to FIFA’s fair play rules.

During his 20 league and cup appearances for the Midlands giants this season, Gollini has kept just five clean sheets as a move looks increasingly likely to materialise.

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Gollini still has four years remaining on his Villa Park contract, but Steve Bruce will do well to gain any kind of profit on the former Hellas Verona stopper due to his form this season.

Villa’s number one joined Verona in 2014 from Old Trafford and made 30 appearances over two seasons while the Italian outfit remained in Serie A.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa should look to cash in on their Italian stopper as soon as possible, as he struggles to adapt to the physical demands of England’s second division. His inability to claim a cross and challenge opposition strikers is a fundamental weakness in English football. Gollini is unlikely to want to turn down Inter, as the San Siro club are one of the biggest institutions in European football. However, he may be put off by the challenge he will face in current Inter number one Samir Handanovic, who continues to star between the sticks for the Nerrazzuri.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa have offered a contract to this 18-year-old hotshot.