11 Sep 2020 20:25:53
News coming in from Ornie/ The Athletic that Emi Martinez has been left out of the squad for tomorrow (club+his+agents decision)
Deal to villa imminent with him being No.1

Brighton might bid too.

Gutted to read this. Arteta just hours ago said he would pick according to how they perform in training and was non committal on a starter for tomorrow.

Tough choice. But onwards and upwards.

On another side - David Raya is touted and is 10-15M apparently. Crazy for a No.2 as it would almost be no profit on Emi.

Matt Macey featured today. So Illiev on the bench tomorrow?

1.) 11 Sep 2020
11 Sep 2020 20:53:51
We should seriously start to consider putting Arthur Okonkwo in the squad 💯%.

2.) 11 Sep 2020
11 Sep 2020 21:14:21
I think judge the decision at the end of the window, if we lose Martinez and don't get a DM then it's cray but if we line up with Leno and a quality DM then great business.

3.) 12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020 08:29:30
Any chance we can put in a first refusal or relegation buy back clause. Really like emi but understand that he wants to be a guaranteed number 1.

4.) 12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020 10:05:39
I would hate to see us sell at 15 to 20m and buy at around the 15mMark to leave little money for a decent CDM - unless Emi is being a big paid or could lose him for nothing soon but may be this is part of a huge master plan where all the small piles of millions at up to a squad changing signing. Surely the Brentford boy is under 10m.

Such a shame to lose Emi. Would rather sell Leno 💯 and Leno should attract interest. If not then have we down graded.

5.) 12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020 15:22:20
I can understand having to sell Its a shame but he know wants be be gauranteed number 1 and we can't give him that guarantee. don't see the point in spending all sale money on another number 2 to replace though what does that say about Macey surely we need to start being confident in him being number 2 now?

6.) 12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020 18:51:45
I think everyone forgets how good Leno was before his injury. If 6 months ago someone was offering £20m for Martinez you’d have snapped their hand off.

He played really well the last chunk of the season but he is also the same keeper who struggled to hold down a number 1 spot in the championship.

I agree with comments about the bulk of his fee being used on a replacement being frustrating, but better sell and get someone in who is ok with being second choice and happy to fight for first.