Aston Villa, the biggest Premier League net spenders in the 2019 summer window tried to sign former Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet, the Belgian has revealed.
Mignolet’s future at Anfield was on borrowed time following the world record fee for a goalkeeper at the time paid for Roma’s number one Alisson one year ago.
The Belgian gloveman bided his time with one final year under Jurgen Klopp, but with first-team opportunities severely restricted, made the decision to ply his trade elsewhere.
Club Brugge eventually captured the signature of the 31-year-old in a £6.4m deal, but Mignolet has divulged that Dean Smith’s Aston Villa attempted to snare the ‘keeper, before eventually settling for Burnley’s Tom Heaton.
The claim came in Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad (via Goal.com), who go on to suggest that ‘Liverpool’s valuation of him was considered too high by Premier League suitors including Crystal Palace and Bournemouth’.
Suitors from warmer climbs were reportedly interested too, with the article claiming that Mignolet explained he ‘rejected Porto and Benfica in order to remain in the national team picture.’
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