By Anthony Onifade

21st Feb, 2023 | 8:23pm

Aston Villa to listen to offers for Emiliano Martinez, hope he'll become one of world's most expensive goalkeepers - report

Aston Villa will listen to offers for Emiliano Martinez this summer and hope he’ll become one of the world’s most expensive goalkeepers, according to the Daily Mail.

The World Cup winner has again proven an invaluable and pivotal part of the Villa backline since Unai Emery’s arrival and is still contracted at the club until 2027 after signing a new five-year deal in January 2022.

The 30-year-old recently admitted in an interview [France Football, 10 February] that he thinks he has the qualities to play Champions League football. The Villans were reportedly expecting bids from top clubs in the coming months [Daily Mail, 14 February].

And latest developments in the Daily Mail [21 February] have indicated that the West Midlands outfit will be willing to listen to offers for Martinez but are expecting a near-world record deal for their star man to fund a potential summer rebuild for Emery.

The report goes on to reveal that Emery’s ideal is to have a sweeper-keeper in the style of Manchester City’s Ederson, with Martinez possessing other qualities.

Get big buck

There are no doubts that Emery will be planning to build his new side around Martinez who has constantly proven that he is an incredibly crucial player for the West Midlands outfit.

Signing a ready-made goalkeeper is incredibly difficult these days, especially sweeper experts, and Villa certainly possess a player capable of fulfilling those duties even if they aren’t his expertise.

As the 30-year-old showed during the World Cup in Qatar, he is a man for the big moments especially when it matters most.

Not only that but Martinez’s leadership, vocal presence and confidence are a rarity in modern-day goalkeepers which makes him such a crucial component in what Emery is trying to build at Villa Park.

If the Villains are to sell him, the club must ensure they get big buck for him as Martinez is indeed a keeper worthy enough to be playing Champions League-level football. Those levels are certainly required with Emery harbouring ambitions of taking the club to the upper echelons of club football.

In other Aston Villa news, the club want to reunite with a former player for a fee in excess of £40million in the summer.