Manchester United may make a move for Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez if David de Gea leaves the club, according to The Daily Star‘s Harry Pratt.
The Argentine joined Villa from Arsenal ahead of the 2020/21 season for a fee of £20m, committing to the club until June 2024.
He pockets £47,000 per week in the Midlands, whereas De Gea takes home a whopping £375,000 per week at Old Trafford. However, the Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the 2022/23 season, leading United to draw up contingency plans.
Pratt wrote in The Daily Star that Martinez’s name features on a list of options who could be pursued if De Gea leaves before the end of his contract. United would consider him a ‘highly suitable’ replacement for the Spaniard, who has been named in the PFA Team of the Year five times.
The Red Devils would apparently shell out £50m to bring the 29-year-old Villa ‘keeper to Old Trafford and they are also admirers of Leeds United’s Illan Meslier, who is eight years younger.
Losing Martinez would be a big blow to Villa. Since he joined the club, he has earned some illustrious individual honours, including the club’s 2020/21 Player of the Season award and, perhaps most impressively, a Yashin Trophy nomination.
Even in defeat against Chelsea on Sunday, the Argentine demonstrated his class with a ‘superb’ save to deny Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Still, if they were to lose him, they would at least have £50m+ at their disposal to pick out a top-notch replacement.
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