Leeds United are reportedly keeping an eye on Emiliano Martinez’s situation at Arsenal, as they prepare for a transfer battle with Aston Villa for the goalkeeper.
Martinez’s future is in doubt despite his recent impressive form for Arsenal. He replaced the injured Bernd Leno towards the end of last season, and kept his place for the Community Shield win over Liverpool.
However, Martinez has threatened to leave the club if they cannot guarantee him regular gametime now that Leno is available again. He wants to earn a call-up to the Argentine national team, but needs to be first choice at club level.
With Arsenal yet to give him any guarantees, Martinez has urged them to give him clarity.
While his start in the Community Shield may be a sign of faith, reports before then suggested Mikel Arteta had decided to stick with Bernd Leno in the long-term.
Therefore, Martinez may have to look for a move on. He will have no shortage of suitors, after recently revealing the number of interested clubs stretches into double figures.
While Martinez did not name the clubs who wanted him, reports have since suggested Valencia and Real Betis are among them.
However, the Argentine could stay in England instead. According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United are interested in Martinez.
Leeds have already strengthened their squad after winning promotion to the Premier League, bringing in Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch over the weekend.
Goalkeeper remains an area of concern for Marcelo Bielsa, though. Kiko Casilla has not lived up to expectations since joining from Real Madrid in January 2019, and lost his place to Illan Meslier last season.
Bielsa is now willing to sell Casilla. And while he is impressed with Meslier, he wants a more experienced keeper to help.
Aston Villa battle for Martinez
Martinez could be the solution, although Leeds will obviously have to fight off competition for his signature. In fact, another Premier League side in Aston Villa are also in the hunt.
Villa struggled to settle on a number one after Tom Heaton’s injury in January. Therefore, they could be looking for more reliable cover in goal to help Heaton when he returns.
In fact, Villa have already set aside £10m for a potential bid for Martinez. Arsenal have been holding out for double that so far.