This could see a move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez. The Argentine joined up with Villa last summer when he left Arsenal after a successful, FA Cup winning season. Despite being a key player for six months at the Gunners, the return of Bernd Leno meant the Argentine was no longer able to say he would be a first-team goalkeeper. Despite showing immense emotion upon his success at Arsenal, the ambitious goalkeeper moved on – and has performed admirably for Villa this summer.
That’s why an exit could come much sooner than many expected. Having more than lived up to his promise in a Villa shirt, Martinez has shown many that his spell of form at Arsenal was far more than a fluke or a purple patch. Instead, he looks like one of the most committee and impressive goalkeepers in the league and has played a huge role in helping Villa compete for European football.
These various issues are becoming a big talking point, though, as Villa look likely to miss out on European football after a poor run of results. With Manchester United all but guaranteed a spot in the UEFA Champions League, there is an expectation that Martinez would jump at the chance to move to one of the biggest clubs in English football.
Would Aston Villa sell Martinez after one season?
Of course, two parties are involved in this transaction – and there is no guarantee that Villa would say yes to a sale. Having become a key cog very quickly in a Villa backline that has surprised and impressed, there is a belief around the club that things are moving in the right direction. And even though star man Jack Grealish is linked with moves away, he keeps signing new deals and sticking around.
Backed with plenty of wealth and the funds the Premier League offers, Villa can match wages and pay fees that can help them really push for the European spots in the English game. It is for this reason, then, that there is such an expectation that Villa will look to build on their squad as opposed to weaken it.
However, if Manchester United sell de Gea then Martinez is seen as the experienced, affordable replacement to compete with Dean Henderson. The Englishman has done well in goals for Manchester United, but a second quality keeper would be essential to squad depth.
Martinez, then, offers a fine choice for a rotational goalkeeper who can be relied upon. If Red Devils can make the deal happen, and de Gea leaves, this is believed to be a goer.
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