Martinez close to leaving Arsenal for Aston Villa in £20 million deal

Arsenal have reluctantly decided to sell Emiliano Martinez and have accepted Aston Villa’s offer of £15 million plus add-ons which will come up to £20 million, according to the Telegraph

Martinez rejected a new contract with significantly increased wages offered to him by Arsenal as he is keen on being the first choice goalkeeper. Head coach Mikel Arteta has been unable to guarantee him of a place in the side and Bernd Leno looks set to start in goal for the club in their first Premier League game of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

Arteta wanted the 28 year old to stay in North London and fight for his place but it looks like Martinez is on the verge of leaving the club. 

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith intends to make Martinez the Midlands club’s first choice goalkeeper. The Argentine is believed to have agreed personal terms with Aston Villa on a four year contract, worth in the region of £60,000 a week, according to the Independent

The Gunners are thought to be keen on replacing Martinez with Brentford’s David Raya and the player is keen on a move to North London. The Championship club insist that they will not sell the goalkeeper this summer and feel like they are in a strong position as the Spaniard has three years remaining on his contract.

Reports suggest Raya could submit a transfer request if Brentford continue to block a potential move to Arsenal.  


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