And with the situation for Villa’s goalkeepers evolving due to a long-term injury sustained by first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton – as well as uncertainty over Orjan Nyland’s form – Reina’s availability could be of great interest to Villa after a decent loan period in January.
Reina, with a year left of her Rossoneri contract, will see her path to first-team football blocked by the presence of prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma – and more likely to leave for Villa until Heaton returns.
Even then, Reina would take more minutes as a replacement for Villa than a replacement for Milan.
However, any deal Villa had in mind could come up against a stumbling block. This is according to AC Milan reporter Alessandro Jacobone, who reported that a possible problem in any deal to bring Reina to the club permanently will depend on the pay difference provided by the club.
There are reports that Reina’s demand for severance pay to offset the drop in wages between Milan and Villa’s two-year offer could derail the deal thanks to the finer details of any deal between the three parties.
Milan are still happy that Reina is leaving at no cost, due to her high salary – which means any potential deal that takes her away from the club is always positive, in the eyes of the Rossoneri hierarchy.
Reina wouldn’t necessarily need to fit into Villa’s transfer philosophy despite Johan Lange’s shopping history in his old role in Copenhagen and some quality front and rear reinforcements could come in handy. fit outside the age and value requirements to ensure the club is in a good place before the next 20/21 season.