Man United are showing an interest in signing Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez.
Manchester United Football Club have relied heavily on David de Gea’s brilliance for the better part of a decade.
The Spaniard has been the standout performer for the Old Trafford club over that time, though all good things must come to an end.
The Red Devils are debating their next move for their Spanish number one, with the club having the option to extend De Gea’s contract by an extra year to 2024…
However, a long-term replacement is required. Jan Oblak has been linked though today, Emi Martinez has seen his name thrown into the ring.
It’s Football Insider with the story. They credit United with interest in signing the 30-year-old, though Aston Villa have ‘no intention’ of letting the goalkeeper leave.
Apparently, Steven Gerrard’s side will reject all offers for Martinez in the January transfer window, which is understandable, particularly as nobody wants to lose their best players in the middle of a season.
The good news for United is that I absolutely do not see them making a move for a goalie in the winter months, rather, this is a signing that is more likely to happen next summer.
OTF’s verdict on a Man United move for Emi Martinez
There’s no doubt Martinez is a better fit for the way Erik ten Hag likes to play. The Argentine is super comfortable with the ball at his feet, while he’s also an excellent penalty saver which is never a bad thing.
However, Aston Villa have absolutely no reason to sell. They’ll demand an arm and a leg, probably way over market value, meaning United may find it tough to get this move over the line.
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