Chelsea are having their sights set for Emi Martinez in the summer.
The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge could potentially lead to a reunion with his compatriot at Chelsea.
Football Insider has reported that the 30-year-old goalkeeper features on Chelsea’s shortlist. The outlet suggests that the goalkeeper position is considered a priority for the reigning Champions League winners. As they embark on a rebuilding phase following a challenging season.
Mauricio Pochettino, who is set to take charge, shares the belief that Chelsea requires a solution in goal. And the Argentine shot-stopper could potentially be that solution. Nevertheless, securing Martinez’s services might prove to be a complex deal. Due to the significant fee required to tempt him away from his current club, the Midlands giants.
Now that the appointment of Pochettino as the Chelsea manager has been finalized and awaits an official announcement. The club can commence its transfer planning for the upcoming window. As part of a significant rebuilding process at Stamford Bridge. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager might look to his compatriot as the initial step.
Teammate Matty Cash has praised him as “unbelievable” and hailed him as “one of the best goalkeepers in the world.” Since joining Aston Villa in 2020. He has been a constant presence in the team. Featuring in 108 out of the club’s last 112 Premier League matches. Despite changes in managerial leadership.
In addition, the goalkeeper, who earns an impressive £120,000 per week. Recently set a record for Aston Villa when they secured a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth in March. This achievement established him as the Villa goalkeeper with the most clean sheets (34) after 100 games.
Chelsea and their Interest in Martinez at Goal
Furthermore, he has showcased his abilities on the international stage. Starting every match in his country’s memorable World Cup triumph in Qatar. It is clear that the former Arsenal goalkeeper has made significant contributions both domestically and internationally.
Standing at a height of 6 foot 5, the goalkeeper is proving to be a colossus. Particularly during penalty shootouts against the Netherlands and France, where he made crucial saves. These heroic performances further emphasized his immense presence and secured his place in his nation’s folklore as a legendary figure.
In terms of Chelsea’s perspective, a player of such stature and exceptional ability surpasses Kepa Arrizabalaga. Who has experienced yet another season filled with inconsistency in England. Criticism towards the £150,000-per-week goalkeeper has also come from Wrexham star Ben Foster. Who expressed his strong disapproval of Kepa on his YouTube channel and stated that he does not believe Kepa is the “long-term solution” for the club.
Some unlikely names such as Olivier Skipp, Matheus Nunes, and Julio Enciso have all netted their first Premier League goals against the flapping Spaniard. With long-range efforts to raise further questions over his capabilities.
Reputable journalist Dean Jones has told that he feels that Martinez could become “one of the most expensive goalkeepers ever”.
He is again in contract until so it would take a monumental fee to persuade the Villa board to budge, but he clearly represents an incredible and worthwhile upgrade on Kepa.
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