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Leeds United linked with Emiliano Martinez again and he’s excellent Kiko Casilla fall-back option

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Leeds United linked with Emiliano Martinez again and he’s excellent Kiko Casilla fall-back option

The Argentine would be teaming up with compatriot Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

Leeds United’s hunt for a new goalkeeper has really picked up over the past few days. Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla looks set to become a Leeds player in the coming days. However, the Daily Mail have also been linking an Argentine with a West Yorkshire move.

Arsenal back-up stopper Emiliano Martinez is apparently on Leeds’ radar. It is not reported whether he could be signed alongside Casilla or if he is considered the other option if the Real Madrid deal does not go through.

Martinez would also be a welcome addition. The 26-year-old has previously played in Yorkshire with Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United on loan deals. Other loan spells at Oxford United, Wolves and Getafe have helped enhance his reputation and he has also played for the Arsenal first-team.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on April 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

In fact, this is not the first time Leeds have been linked. It appears that Martinez has been on the radar of Victor Orta for some time.

 

It was in January last year that AS Argentina suggested the Argentine could be Leeds bound. They claimed his loan spell at Getafe could be cancelled in order to head to Elland Road.

The Chronicle later went on to suggest that Martinez’s arrival would have seen Andy Lonergan head to Sunderland. The former Leeds stopper eventually failed to join the Black Cats and Martinez remained at Getafe.  

Leeds appear set to sign Casilla but Martinez is certainly a good fall-back option from Orta. Joining up with Argentine countryman Marcelo Bielsa would undoubtedly be a big success for the player. It seems 12 months later, he might still have a chance of becoming a Leeds United player.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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