Villa have taken a huge stride forward in securing the services of Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez, with the latest news confirming that the goalkeeper has now agreed personal terms.
Matinez has accepted Villa’s offer of a four year contract with a salary of £60,000 per week ahead of a proposed switch to B6.
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NOT A DONE DEAL
Despite Dean Smith having agreed the finer detail of any deal, Villa’s offer of £15 million has not been accepted by Arsenal. The Emirates side are reported to be holding out for a fee closer to £20m for the 28 year old goalkeeper.
It remains a surprise that The Gunners are opting to sell, with their long time reserve ‘keeper having broken into the first team last season and going on to win an FA Cup as Bernd Leno was sidelined.
However, despite an offer of improved terms to stay in London, Villa have been able to guarantee him first team football with Tom Heaton subject to a prolonged layoff.
Indeed, given Villa’s determined foray into the transfer market for a number 1 keeper, it appears ominous for England international Heaton, both in terms of the severity of his injury, but his Villa career more generally.
Overall, the Argentinian, who has been chased by Villa for much of the transfer window, would represent a solid acquistion.
Any deal would also provide further evidence that both calamity prone Orjan Nyland and oft injured Jed Steer are now considered reserves at best. Forgotten big money flop and Croatian international Lovre Kalinic presumably has no future at the football club either.
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