Brighton set to battle Aston Villa for Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez

Brighton have joined the race to sign Arsenal ‘keeper Emiliano Martinez this summer following interest from Aston Villa.

The Argentine ‘keeper moved to Arsenal back in 2010, though has spent a vast amount of that time out on loan with a variety of different clubs both in England and abroad.

However, he was finally thrust into the Premier League spotlight last season following an injury to first-choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno, Martinez earning rave reviews for his performances which culminated in helping the club to win a record-extending 14th FA Cup last month.

Arsenal are believed to be keen to keep the 28-year-old at the club, though Martinez’s taste of first-team action has seemingly left him wanting more, with his agent recently admitting he is ‘likely’ to leave in search of regular football.

“The most likely scenario is that Emi Martinez leaves Arsenal because he wants to play,” Lucas Martinez Quarta told TyC Sports.

Aston Villa have been strongly linked with the stopper, seeing an initial £15 million opening offer rejected, though according to the Guardian, Dean Smith’s side aren’t the only interested party in the South American, with Brighton now having joined the race.

The report says that Villa remain ‘favourites’ to sign Martinez, though claim that Brighton have lodged a better offer for the ‘keeper, who has been left out of the Gunners travelling party for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Fulham.

Mikel Arteta recently discussed his desire to have competition in all areas of his squad, including between the sticks, though with the club needing to raise funds to bolster their own transfer budget, it seems increasingly likely that an exit is around the corner before the October 5th deadline.

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