Revealed: Smith to tell Purslow to sell Villa £7m man tomorrow after official reveal
Aston Villa will step up plans to sell goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic this month despite a devastating injury crisis, Football Insider has learned.
Manager Dean Smith has no intention of reintegrating the Croatia international, 29, into his side even though Tom Heaton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Smith will tell club’s chief executive Christian Purslow and director of football Jesus Garcia Pitach during a meeting tomorrow to discuss January transfer plans he still wants Kalinic to be offloaded in this window.
This comes after Football Insider revealed in November that Smith had given the green light for Kalinic to be offloaded in January.
The manager’s stance on the Croatia international, 29, is unchanged even though Villa announced today that Heaton’s season is over due to knee ligament damage.
Kalinic was signed for £7million in December 2018 and handed a contract that runs until the summer of 2023.
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He has made only eight Villa appearances since he joined and has not played for the club since being substituted at half-time in February.
Kalinic has made the matchday squad only once this season, when he was an unused substitute in the League Cup mauling of Liverpool’s youngest-ever side.
But Villa do not want an 18-times Croatia international signed for big money so low down the pecking order, their keeper crisis notwithstanding.
Number one Heaton and his deputy Jed Steer are currently injured but Orjan Nyland is set to be promoted to first choice at least until Steer is fit again in February.
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