Premier League club Aston Villa face competition from another premier League rival Brighton for the signature of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
According to reports in London, Rumours have been circulating in recent weeks of Martinez’s exit from the Gunners this summer in search of regular first-team football.
Emiliano Martinez believes he has proven he is good enough to be a No.1. The Argentinian shined in the absence of first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who suffered a knee injury shortly after the Premier League restart in June.
The 27-year-old is likely to be dropped back to the bench with Leno now back fit for Arsenal and that has led to interest from elsewhere.
Leeds had been linked while Aston Villa were said to be the favourites to land the goalkeeper.
They bid £15million this week , £5million short of Arsenal’s £20million valuation, but face a challenge from other Premier League clubs.
The Guardian report that Brighton have entered the race for his Martinez.
It is understood that Martinez will be absent from Arsenal squad for their opening Premier League fixture against Fulham on Saturday.
The report also says that Martinez and Arsenal are still involved in contract talks but both Brighton and Aston Villa are ready to increase the salary Arsenal is currently offering him.