Deal Agreed: Arsenal stopper on his way to Aston Villa
Premier League giants, Arsenal have reportedly accepted a £16m bid from Aston Villa for their second choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
The 28-year-old is believed to have turned down the offer of a new deal at the North London club after failing to receive the first-team assurances he wanted from their head-coach, Mikel Arteta.
Martinez was left out of the Gunners team for their Premier League game opener against Fulham today, with German stopper Bernd Leno keeping a clean sheet in their 3-0 victory.
The North London club were believed to be holding out for £20m for the South American stopper, who impressed as a stand-in for the injured Leno at the end of last campaign, however, Sky Sports News claims that they have now accepted an initial £16m bid from Premier League outfits, Aston Villa.
The deal could eventually rise to the Gunners £20m price tag, with Martinez now believed to undergo a medical at Villa this weekend.
Personal terms have reportedly already been agreed as the goalkeeper closes in on a five-year contract to bring an end to his 10-year stay at the Emirates Stadium, meanwhile Arsenal are keeping tabs on highly-rated Dijon stopper Rúnarsson as a replacement.