Aston Villa wants ex-Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, but will face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea

Aston Villa targets former Fulham and England goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer… but Dean Smith’s side faces competition from Arsenal and Chelsea

  • Aston Villa targets ex-Fulham and England goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli
  • The 29 year old is available for free after leaving the Cottagers
  • He was loaned to Middlesbrough last season but is wanted by several clubs
  • Arsenal and Chelsea are among the teams following the shot stopper

Aston Villa has moved to former England international Marcus Bettinelli.

Dean Smith wants a new goalkeeper to compete with No. 1 Emi Martinez and backup Jed Steer for next season.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer after his contract with Fulham expired last month.

Aston Villa moved for ex-Fulham goalkeeper and England international Marcus Bettinel

He was loaned to Middlesbrough last season, where he played a key role for Neil Warnock’s side, as they failed to secure a place in the play-offs.

But he is being drafted by a number of Premier League clubs for next season as they want to strengthen their goalkeeping division.

Chelsea and Arsenal are among the clubs that also follow Bettinelli.

Bettinelli was called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate during the 2017-18 season after a string of outstanding performances for Fulham, but the club’s relegation back in the Championship season effectively halted his international ambitions.

But he is now ready for a return to the top for the coming season.

The shot stopper is available on a free transfer, but is interested in Arsenal and Chelsea

Dean Smith wants Bettinelli to compete with Emi Martinez and Jed Steerd

Villa boss Dean Smith (right) wants Bettinelli to compete with Emi Martinez and Jed Steer

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