Villa spending continues with Martinez capture

17 September 2020 01:13:24 GMTPlus10

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has joined Premier League rivals Aston Villa on a four-year deal.

The fee paid for Martinez by Villa, who start their league campaign at home to Sheffield United on Monday, is thought to be in the region of £16million, which could rise to £20 million with add-ons.

Martinez joined Arsenal as a youth player in 2010 but has struggled to cement a place in the first team since then, spending time on loan at the likes of Oxford, Wolves and Reading.

But after an injury to first-choice shot-stopper Bernd Leno last campaign, the 28-year-old was given the opportunity to show what he could do at Arsenal, making 23 appearances across all competitions and starting in their FA Cup final win over Chelsea and the Community Shield success against Liverpool last month.

Martinez will be in contention with Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and Orjan Nyland for the number one spot at Villa and manager Dean Smith has described some of the Argentinian's performances as "outstanding".

Villa boss Smith said: "We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

"We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

"We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn't yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term."

Villa are 2.45 to beat Sheffield United, who are 3.10 to win, with the draw 3.20 in the Premier League.

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