Lovre Kalinic could have played his last game at Aston Villa, with Turkish giants Besiktas now linked to the international goalkeeper.
The Croatian saw his six-month loan contract in Toulouse shortened due to the cut in the Ligue 1 season due to the pandemic.
Kalinic has only made four loan appearances and should move closer to Aston Villa to keep his level of fitness.
Turkish media Sabah , meanwhile, claims that Kalinic is in line to replace Loris Karius in Besiktas after the tenant’s departure from Liverpool in April following unpaid wages.
Reports suggest that Kalinic – who was Dean Smith’s first recruit in January 2019 – is on a shortlist of goalkeepers made up of Russian stopper Stanislav Kritsyuk and PSV ace Jeroen Zoet.
Smith spent £ 5.4 million on Kalinic 18 months ago but, following a series of injuries and poor form, has had only eight appearances in Bordeaux and blue.
The 30-year contract at Villa Park still has three years to run, however, given Villa’s stacked goalkeeper department, it is likely that Kalinic will head out the door with the goal of getting back into shape before the Championships. Europe rescheduled next summer.
Jack Grealish praised teammate Aston Villa Keinan Davis, and said: “During training he was absolutely unplayable. ”
The skipper believes the striker’s debut in the Premier League was fully deserved after impressing in the past four weeks at Bodymoor Heath.
Davis threatened against Sheffield United and almost scored in both halves – but for a misplaced header and a crack stop by Dean Henderson
The 22-year-old received the green light from Mbwana Samatta by Dean Smith, and Grealish said, “He was brilliant. I bet you have fans who don’t really know him and fans who probably didn’t expect him to play.
“But he came back in shape and sharp and, honestly, in training he was absolutely unplayable, so from the point of view of a few people, it was obvious to give him a start. ”
“He did himself justice there. It was just a shame that he could not register on the match sheet.
On the box
Three of Aston Villa’s nine remaining Premier League matches have been moved for broadcast.
The trip to Anfield to face Liverpool and the home games with Manchester United and Crystal Palace have all been reorganized for broadcast on Sky Sports.
Villa restarted their Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sheffield United last night and hosted Chelsea at Villa Park on Sunday before facing Newcastle and the Wolves at home.
But the next three have all been postponed.
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Sunday July 5 (KO 4:30 p.m.) – live on Sky Sports
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
Thursday July 9 (KO 8:15 p.m.) – live on Sky Sports
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace
Sunday July 12 (KO 2 p.m.) – live on Sky Sports
The club’s last three matches against Everton, Arsenal and West Ham United will be announced in due course.
Tyrone Mings revealed that it was a simple mistake behind him not to have an NHS logo on his Aston Villa shirt.
The Villa defender played 90 minutes as Dean Smith’s team returned to action in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw with Sheffield United.
In the closed-door first at Villa Park, the two promoted sides found themselves at an impasse, although the Blades were denied what appeared to be a clear goal, due to the faltering technology of the goal line.
However, the match will be remembered for the moving tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, with all players and coaches kneeling at the start of the game.
In addition to that, the two groups of players had movement on the back of their shirts, while in the front, the NHS was honored for their bravery during the coronavirus pandemic.
Parts of social media were furious during the first period, with Mings appearing to be the only player without the NHS logo adorning the front of his shirt.
This was fixed after half-time and Mings, speaking on social media, admitted that it was a mistake by the kitman who saw him do without it in the top 45.
He said, “I was told the kitman didn’t put the NHS badge on my shirt in the first place,” followed by a confused emoji.
Villa will continue its fight against relegation from the Premier League on Sunday against Chelsea on B6.