According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are now ‘leading the race’ to sign Martin Dubravka, with the Slovakian said to be ‘unsettled’ following Rafa Benitez’s exit.
The piece also claims that Man Utd and Tottenham have shown interest, however it seems Villa are now ready to make their move after failing to agree deals for Stoke’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Tom Heaton.
It’s quite incredible to think that a newly promoted Aston Villa are now pushing to sign one of our star players, with this in itself summing up what a shambolic summer we’ve had so far.
David Kent’s piece claims that the 30-year-old was in talks to sign a new improved contract to reward him for his superb season and a half at St James’ Park, but states those discussions have ‘stalled’ following Rafa’s exit.
Here’s what the Mail have had to say, claiming there are a whole host of clubs keen to sign the ‘unsettled’ Slovakian:
Aston Villa are among the Premier League clubs with Manchester United and Tottenham interested in signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Monaco and Porto are also in the hunt for the £12million-rated Slovakian shot stopper.
Clubs want to take advantage of the current turmoil at managerless Newcastle.
As they negotiate with Sheffield Wednesday for the release of Steve Bruce, it is understood that Dubravka is unsettled by Rafa Benitez’s departure from the club. Planned talks over a new contract to reward his exceptional performances have stalled.
Ambitious Villa were put off by Stoke’s £25m valuation of Jack Butland and were rebuffed in a bid for Burnley’s Tom Heaton.
They have responded by setting their sights on Dubravka to continue their spending spree.
United still want David De Gea to sign a new contract and an offer is on the table. However, if De Gea refuses to sign, sources close to the club have indicated that they would consider moving for Dubravka. United have been in transfer discussions with Newcastle for Sean Longstaff and have also enquired after Dubravka’s availability.
Tottenham want greater competition for Hugo Lloris, who has become more error strewn in recent seasons.
Champions League clubs Monaco and Porto are also in the race for the Slovakia international although it is believed that Dubravka would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
It is not known if Mike Ashley would sanction the sale of such a key player, especially to a close rival like Villa. Newcastle bought the player for just £4m.
Claims that he’s rated at £12m seem pretty wide of the mark.
He may be 30 and may have arrived for just £4m, but he’s at a very good age for a goalkeeper and has looked an absolute class-act since he arrives in England last January.
If Jack Butland is valued at £25m, Dubravka should be worth at least double £12m in this day and age.
Hopefully this news is not true and a non starter – we can NOT afford to lose anymore of our top players – however it would not surprise me if he is unhappy after the disastrous summer we’ve endured so far.
I’d be hugely disappointed if he left for Villa, but could anyone blame him if a big offer arrived from Man Utd or Spurs?