Aston Villa report: Bayern Munich eyeing Argentina World Cup hero Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez
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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has attracted interest from Bayern Munich following his World Cup heroics with Argentina, say reports.

The 30-year-old proved decisive in the final against France, making a crucial last-gasp stop in extra time before saving a penalty in the shoot-out.

Martinez was awarded the Golden Glove at the end of the game after keeping three clean sheets on his way to being crowned world champion. 

According to Sky Sports (opens in new tab), Bayern are interested in bringing in Martinez after their No.1 Manuel Neuer suffered an injury while skiing.

The Germany international has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Martinez is viewed as a potential replacement in January.

A new goalkeeper is a priority for the Bundesliga giants, but Villa are unlikely to let one of their prized assets go without a fight.

The Argentine has been with the Birmingham club since 2020 and is their undisputed first choice keeper, making 15 appearances in the Premier League this season before the World Cup break. 

Martinez is valued at £22 million by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), although that valuation is likely to rise on the back of his efforts in Qatar.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.