Report: Atletico Madrid eye Aston Villa star next summer
Atletico Madrid are considering a swoop on Aston Villa to sign their goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, according to La Razon. The Argentina stopper has only been at Villa Park just over a year yet already finds himself with plenty of suitors.
Jan Oblak is the current custodian at Wanda Metropolitano. He is considered among the best in the world. However, he could be sold next summer, with plenty of clubs vying for his signature.
Martinez was a snip for Aston Villa last summer. He cost just £20 million from Arsenal and has quickly established himself as one of the best in the Premier League.
He kept 15 clean sheets last season and is already proving a steal given the price Villa paid for him. Dean Smith will want the club to recoup a substantial profit to even consider selling him.
Atletico won the league last season in Spain. They defied the odds to trump Real Madrid and Barcelona and will fancy doing the same this season under Diego Simeone.
If Oblak does go they will definitely need a replacement. At 29 he has bags of football left in him and if anything he’s relatively young for a goalkeeper.
He earns £47,000-a-week and Atletico might view him as an affordable option at the end of next season.
Villa can demand a fortune for Martinez
Atletico are likely to have Champions League football on offer next season. Despite that, Villa will be well within their right to demand a sizeable fee for their goalkeeper.
He’s already enjoyed one solid season at Villa Park. His form has now earned him the status as Argentina’s number one goalkeeper and that will bump his price up.
Villa will want to keep Atletico from stealing one of their most important players. They have lofty ambitions of their own and should hang tight next summer, despite the stellar interest.