Sources: Big update on Leeds signing Argentine revealed after new rival bid submitted
Leeds United retain an interest in Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez but are waiting to seal other deals before stepping up their pursuit, Football Insider understands.
Aston Villa are pushing hard for the Argentine, 28, and have submitted a second bid in the region of £15million.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are prioritising the captures of a new number 10 and centre-back ahead of a goalkeeper.
United are working on multiple transfer fronts and are in talks to sign Martinez’s fellow Argentine Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese and young Croatian centre-back Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now set to go into their Premier League opener against Liverpool on Saturday with 20-year-old Illan Meslier in goal and Kiko Casilla as his deputy.
Football Insider exclusively broke the news last month that experienced Spaniard Casilla has been told he will be the number two in the upcoming season if he stays.
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With nearly a month before the transfer window cut-off, it is likely Casilla will move on if he can find a club – likely to be in his homeland – willing to match his £40,000-a-week United contract.
Any deal for Martinez hinges on his role at Arsenal in the new campaign as well as their valuation of him
Arsenal want £20m for the former Argentina Under-20 international, who impressed during a run as number one in the last five weeks of last season when Bernd Leno was out injured.
Martinez made 23 appearances for the Gunners last season and his future could hinge on who Mikel Arteta selects to start in goal in Saturday’s opener against Fulham.
He does not have extensive first-team experience despite his age but has had spells on loan at Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday, Getafe, Reading, Rotherham United and Oxford United.
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