- Emiliano Martinez is reportedly pushing for a move to Aston Villa before the Premier League kicks off
- The 28-year-old has refused a new deal with the Gunners claiming he wants to be promoted as the club's number one
- The Argentine shot-stopper replaced Bernd Leno last season after the German suffered a back injury
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Emiliano Martinez is set to join Aston Villa after agreeing personal terms with the Premier League side, according to reports.
The 28-year-old had an impressive season after replacing first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno who suffered a back injury in a Premier League clash with Brighton.
According to The Independent, the Argentine shot-stopper will join Villa on a four-year in a deal worth £60,000-per-week.
Villa who survived the drop on the final match day of last season had an initial £15 million bid rejected by the Gunners who want £20m.
A deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs, but Villa are understood to want Martinez in their season opener against Sheffield United this weekend.
Martinez recently turned down an improved contract offer from the Gunners as the shot-stopper wants to be promoted as first-choice ahead of Leno at the Emirates.
He told Argentine radio station Continental last month: "I have shown the club that I can play for them and when I return next season, I need to have more games. That is the only way I will stay at Arsenal.
“My target is to consolidate my place with Arsenal and to become the Argentina No.1.
"I won’t stop until I get that and if I don’t play for Arsenal, then clearly, I would move on.”
Martinez have been linked with a move to Spanish club Villarreal to reunite with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
However, it is understood the former Independiente goalkeeper wants to continue his career in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new deal that will see him extend his contract at the Emirates for the next three years.
It is understood that the Arsenal striker's deal is worth a massive £250,000-a-week ending his speculation about a move out of north London.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker is now the second-highest earner with the Gunners behind Mesut Ozil.
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