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Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez targeted by Manchester United

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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 lowdown

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.

The latest

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.

The verdict

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.

In other news, many Villa fans slammed this player’s performance against Chelsea

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