The Argentinian international was integral to his team winning the World Cup, and Romano says the 30-year-old could be pursued by the Red Devils and even Chelsea at the end of the season:
“Emiliano Martinez could be a part of a domino effect with goalkeepers next summer, perhaps with Chelsea or Manchester United, let’s see.”
Martinez joined Villa from Arsenal for £20m two and a half years ago, and he has impressed during his time at the Midlands club. However, some fans on Twitter were not happy with his antics in the penalty shootout against France at the weekend, and they have questioned whether he would be the right signing:
He should’ve been bought when Arsenal was selling. No good buying him now.
— X_jimscreechie_X (@JustJan_19) December 20, 2022
Not the right character to have. Is he?
Moreover, I believe it’s a report to be taken with a shovel of salt.
— Ogunsanya Banjo (@OgunsanyaBanjo) December 20, 2022
don’t bring him please
— Amos Katiku (@AmosKatiku4) December 20, 2022
Why replace 30 yr olds with 30yr olds just sell dean with a buy back clause and bring him back in 5yrs
— KevUTD (@Kevin________19) December 20, 2022
Great! Let sign the first goalkeep that conceded a harttrick from a 23 years old man in a world cup final.
Get me Diogo Costa
— Solomon (@egbunemsolomon) December 20, 2022
He would be a great signing but his dancing after every penalty save is a red flag to me.
— Lucas Davies (@LucasDa44136361) December 20, 2022
Nah don’t need players with his kind of attitude at the club
— nath 🙂 (@nathandg12) December 20, 2022
It does seem as though United will be in the market for a new number one at the end of the season. Recent reports have suggested that manager Erik ten Hag may opt against triggering the option to keep David De Gea for another year.
If that were to happen then recruiting an experienced keeper to replace the Spaniard would be required. Martinez would undoubtedly come under consideration, although other names (such as Porto’s Diogo Costa) are also likely to be in the frame.