After escaping relegation by a whisker lasts season, Aston Villa has submitted an improved offer for Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez.
Villa re looking for a keeper after Pepe Reina left for Lazio and The Athletic now reports that Arsenal is willing to talk to suitors as they seek to get funds to boost their transfer kitty.
According to the reports, Martínez is hopeful a deal could be done for £10m or less after his decade of service. Arsenal, though, is said to want £20m and rejected an opening offer from Aston Villa that fell well short of that mark.
The Argentine is eager to establish himself as the first choice after an impressive run at the end of last season but the presence of Bernd Leno puts his position ambitions at the club in jeopardy.
It remains to be seen who Mikel Arteta will prefer between the post in their league opener with Villa having come with a second bid after their first approach was rejected.
The Athletic say that bid is “substantially closer” to Arsenal’s asking price and the club will go for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya if they can find a buyer for Martinez.
The Spaniard previously worked with Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana in west London but prising him away from the Championship outfit wouldn’t be cheap.