‘Very concrete’ Aston Villa failed in a bid to sign this Liverpool man
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that Aston Villa were interested in signing him this summer.
Dean Smith spent over £100m in the transfer window, with 12 players coming through the door on B6. And one of his priorities after winning Championship promotion was to secure a new goalkeeper, with Tom Heaton eventually arriving from Burnley.
But Mignolet, who completed a move to Club Brugge, has now claimed that a number of Premier League clubs, including Villa were keen on acquiring his services.
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“Clubs valuate the cost of what they have to pay me, to Liverpool plus the resale value,” he said.
“For teams like Crystal Palace, Bournemouth or Aston Villa, that was too high… Same with Porto and Benfica. They were very concrete.”
“Then I would have to keep a four-hour flight away from home, where, apart from the Champions League matches, I completely disappear from the eyes of the Belgian public and the national coach.
“Plus, Benfica’s offer was by no means better than that of Club. Here the coach called me, the chairman, Vincent Mannaert. Then the choice becomes easy. At Benfica it all went through. The best proof is that they didn’t take a goalkeeper in the end.”
Villa ultimately signed Heaton for around £8m, who has already made an impressive start to life at Villa Park, with two clean sheets in his first five games in claret and blue.