Aston Villa make improved bid to sign Premier League colossus

Arsenal squad

Aston Villa's transfer window has come to life in exhilarating fashion - it almost feels like 2019 again.

Last summer, the Midlands club were linked with player after player, eventually landing 12 new faces for around £140m

Now, they might not sign the same number of players this summer, but they're set to spend a pretty penny to try and cement themselves in the Premier League.

£16m has already been spent by new Sporting Director Johan Lange on full-back Matty Cash, but he's set to smash the club's transfer record this week.

That's providing a deal for Brentford's Ollie Watkins goes through. One journalist on Twitter suggested a deal could go through for a price of £33m - that include add-ons. 

However, for the time being, we're going to put Aston Villa's need for a new striker on the backburner.

That's because they've submitted a bid for another player in recent days. 

Watkins and Benrahma

Villa seem intent on being aggressive in the market and that's been seen with an enquiry for Paulo Gazzaniga and a £16m bid for Josh King.

This time, however, they've made an improved offer to Arsenal to try and sign Emi Martinez.

The colossal goalkeeper, who stands at 6 foot 3, is available at £20m and their new offer is closer to the fee the Gunners require.

Villa previously wanted to buy the Argentine for a price of just £10m but Arsenal are standing firm. Thus, Lange and Dean Smith have made an improved bid.

According to The Athletic's Gregg Evans, it's now just a waiting game to see what the north Londoners want to do.

They have been interested in Brentford stopper David Raya but they are unwilling to sell. You sense Arsenal may need a replacement before agreeing to give Martinez to Villa. 

Emiliano Martinez warming up

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's rather baffling that Villa are trying so hard to sign a goalkeeper this summer.

They have Jed Steer, Tom Heaton and Orjan Nyland at their disposal still and spending close to £20m on Martinez seems like a bit of a waste when they could improve in more pressing areas. 

The goalkeeping department at Villa Park isn't the best on paper but Heaton is still a seasoned professional. He has 101 more Premier League appearances than the Argentine who has only stood between the sticks on 15 occasions in the top-flight. 

Emi Martinez

That's not to say Martinez isn't an exceptional stopper. He was in excellent form towards the back end of last season and made some important saves in the Community Shield a few weeks ago.

This is a player who is improving all the time but if they're going to spend £33m on Watkins, Lange needs to be a bit smarter with the remaining funds.

The money for Martinez could quite easily be spent on bettering the out-field playing staff - that has to be the priority.

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