According to a report in the Independent this evening, Arsenal have decided to cash in on Emi Martinez, and are now waiting for Aston Villa to up their previous offer of £15m plus add-ons which would take the total close to £20m.
It says personal terms between the 28 year old and the midlands club have already been agreed, with a wage of £60,000 on offer – three times what he currently earns with the Gunners.
With Matt Macey set to depart either on loan or permanently, it would necessitate a purchase to replace Emi. The main target appears to be Brentford’s David Raya, a situation complicated by the fact they don’t want to sell him.
It’s believed the Championship side have already rejected a bid in the region of £10m for the 24 year old, who has been championed by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana Pavon who came to us from The Bees after Mikel Arteta took over.
The Barcelona born keeper is keen to make the move though, and his agent told Catalan daily Sport ‘We will do what is necessary’, which may include handing in a transfer request. Raya has a contract with Brentford until 2023.
If you could make some sense of selling Martinez to raise funds to bring in the midfielder we all know we need, it’d be hard to rationalise spending a large chunk of what he brings in on another keeper – especially as his potential departure is linked to the fact that Bernd Leno is deemed the number 1.
It’d be a real shame to lose Emi, given the heroics he performed when deputising for Leno, but you can understand why after so many years as an understudy he’d want to be first choice somewhere.