Aston Villa have reportedly made a second bid for Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez.
According to The Athletic, Dean Smith’s side have made a second bid for the 28-year-old, which is said to be closer to the Gunners’ £20million valuation.
However, the report states that Martinez will not be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium until a suitable replacement is signed amid links to Brentford’s David Raya.
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With the start of the new Premier League season just days away, Arsenal are set to make a decision which will go a long way to determining whether or not they receive a transfer windfall.
As reported by football.london, the Gunners would ideally like to keep Martinez and are prepared to offer him a new contract that will come with a significant pay rise on his £25,000-a-week salary.
Although, they are aware that the goalkeeper wants regular first-team football in order to commit his long-term future to the club.
“I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season I need to have more games,” Martinez said last month. “That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal.
“My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to reach the Argentinian national team as number one.
“I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly I would move on.”
A clear indication of Martinez’s status is likely to come this week as the writing will almost certainly be on the wall if Bernd Leno starts against Fulham.
With that said, it’s safe to say this potential transfer has been given the green light from a number of Arsenal fans, as the cash injection could be very useful.
Following the arrivals of Brazilian pair Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, Mikel Arteta is now expected to reshape his Arsenal midfield during the summer transfer window.