Arsenal have “reluctantly decided to sell” Emi Martinez to Aston Villa, according to The Independent. The Gunners rejected an initial offer from the Birmingham club, who have come back with a second offer closer to Arsenal’s £20M valuation. Arsenal have not necessarily accepted the offer, whatever that number may be. Instead, the two clubs will head to the bargaining table to negotiate a transfer fee.
Mikel Arteta has reportedly tried to convince Martinez to stay, but the Argentine wants the starting job, and Arteta is not ready to give it to him. A move to Villa would make him the Day 1 starter. He’s not going to get that at Arsenal; Bernd Leno is in line to start against Fulham.
According to the report, Martinez has already agreed to personal terms with Villa — four years, £60K per week. That’s a significant increase on the £22K per week he’s currently making. Add that to the starter’s minutes, which improve Martinez’s shot at making the Argentine national team for the Copa America this summer, and it’s a sweet deal for Emi.