Reports: Milan want former Sporting CP man; would free Aston Villa to complete deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are pursuing a move for ex Sporting CP goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, reports claim, which would free Pepe Reina to join Aston Villa.

Widespread reports have suggested that Reina is closing in on ending his 18-month spell with the Rossoneri and completing a move to Villa.

The terms of the agreement would be a six-month deal which would be automatically extended by a year should the Midlands club achieve survival. However, the player’s agent has confirmed that not everything is agreed as Milan must find a replacement.

According to TMW, former Sampdoria and Fiorentina stopper Emiliano Viviano is the first name for Milan’s goal if Reina leaves, as they need a ‘reliable back-up’ for Donnarumma.

Viviano left Portuguese side Sporting CP at the end of last season having spent the second half of the campaign on loan at SPAL, meaning the 34-year-old is currently without a club and could be signed for free.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia) also agree that Viviano is Milan’s choice for a replacement, and once that is sorted the Reina’s passage to Villa becomes an obstacle-free one.


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