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Emiliano Martinez closes in on £19.5m move to Aston Villa… but Brighton plot late swoop

Emiliano Martinez closes in on £19.5m move to Aston Villa… but Brighton plot late swoop for Arsenal goalkeeper after he was left out of Mikel Arteta’s squad in their win at Fulham

  • Aston Villa are hoping to have Emi Martinez for their opening game of the season
  • Brighton have also made an offer but have not guaranteed a weekly starting spot
  • Mikel Arteta had made it clear that Bernd Leno would be Arsenal’s first choice
  • The Spaniard had also made it known he was not keen to rotate goalkeepers  

Emiliano Martinez is closing in on a move to Aston Villa after they agreed a £19.5million deal with Arsenal.

The Argentine was left out of Arsenal’s line-up to face Fulham but is now expected to be in place for Villa’s opening Premier League fixture with Sheffield United if all goes to plan.

Mikel Arteta had made it clear to Martinez that, despite recent performances, Bernd Leno would be his number one choice and was not keen to rotate goalkeepers through various cup competitions.

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is closing in on a £19.5m move to Aston…