Aston Villa are taking no chances this summer.
After returning to the Premier League last term the midlands side endured a difficult campaign as they adapted to life back in the top flight.
Dean Smith's side may have spent over £140million last summer, but that was just enough to see the club keep their heads above water in the fight to avoid the drop.
Survival was secured on the final day of the season, capping off a season in which it was very much mission accomplished.
But this term has to be different.
The club will undoubtedly be looking to avoid a relegation dogfight and that's why such efforts have been made to strengthen in the transfer market.
Matt Cash and Ollie Watkins have already arrived on big-money deals from Nottingham Forest and Brentford respectively, while the a deal for Bertrand Traore appears to be moving closer.
One other player who has been linked is Emiliano Martinez.
The Arsenal stopper is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Villa Park, something which Kevin Phillips believes is in the best interests of the player.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips said: “I imagine that Martinez is pushing for this one.
“He wants to play week in, week out and because of Bernd Leno he is not going to be guaranteed that at Arsenal this season.
“Arsenal have made some bad decisions on players in the past, letting their contracts run down or letting them leave.
“From Villa’s point of view if they can get someone in with the experience that he has got, it would be a great signing for them.”
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
This looks like it's going to be a fantastic deal for Aston Villa.
Valued at £7.2million by Transfermarkt, Emiliano Martinez looks all-but certain to complete his move to the midlands.
The goalkeeper is undoubtedly a top talent but has found first team opportunities hard to come by under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
He certainly deserves to be the main man, and that's why this move has come to fruition.
Supporters of the Gunners will be disappointed to see him leave as he's incredibly highly thought of at the Emirates Stadium, but Martinez needs to put his career first.
At 28 years old the Argentina international is in the prime of his career and so it's crucial that he kicks on for the sake of his club and international career.
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