Tottenham report: Spurs eye former Arsenal star in a deal that could enrage rivals

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Bournemouth, England.
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Tottenham Hotspur could be set to make a move for an ex-Arsenal man in a deal that could reignite hostilities with their closest neighbours.

The future of Tottenham is somewhat uncertain, following the club crashing out of the Champions League. Manager Antonio Conte is yet to commit to his position beyond this current campaign, while all-time scorer Harry Kane may decide to pursue a new challenge in the summer.

But the club are targeting a new goalkeeper, regardless of comings and goings – with Aston Villa star Emi Martinez touted for a move. 

Emi Martinez of Argentina celebrates with the Golden Glove award after the FIFA World Cup 2022 final between Argentina and France on 18 December, 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.

Emi Martinez is on the shortlist to replace Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur (Image credit: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

TyC Sports (opens in new tab) have revealed that World Cup winner Martinez is wanted by Tottenham, with club captain Hugo Lloris considered a little past his best at 36.

Though Martinez's dad previously told the same outlet (opens in new tab) that Unai Emery wanted to keep the Argentine, however, there has been talk of friction between the two, stemming from their time together at Arsenal. When Martinez went up for a corner against the Gunners and conceded a last-minute goal, Emery surprisingly blasted his keeper in public, labelling the move "embarrassing" (opens in new tab)

Martinez, meanwhile has attracted criticism from his former fans (opens in new tab), who have been less than impressed with the way that he has conducted himself since leaving London Colney. The 30-year-old has frequently spoken about Arsenal in interviews, coming across as bitter about the decision to sell him in 2020 following the club's FA Cup win, when Mikel Arteta chose Bernd Leno as his No.1.

Not only would Martinez winding up at Tottenham ruffle feathers on the red side of north London, though, it could annoy Manchester United's hierarchy, who have apparently listed him as a target to replace David De Gea. 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag applauds during his side's 0-0 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford in March 2023.

Erik ten Hag is also in the market for Martinez (Image credit: Getty Images)

Martinez shot to fame when he came in for Leno during the 2019/20 season, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield with Arsenal before starring for Argentina at the Copa America in 2021. Last year, he won the World Cup with his nation, picking up the Best Goalkeeper award. 

The keeper is valued at €28 million by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.