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Arsenal have told Leeds they want to keep goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez this summer

Arsenal have told Leeds they want to keep goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez this summer (Pic: GETTY)

Martinez, 26, is wanted by both Leeds and fellow Championship outfit Blackburn this summer.

However, neither are prepared to test the Gunners’ resolve with a cash offer and would instead like to sign him on loan.

The Argentinian, who joined Arsenal‘s youth setup at the age of 18, has enjoyed loan stints with the likes of Wolves, Getafe and Reading over the last four years.

But Unai Emery is seemingly determined to keep hold of Martinez in the summer window.

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“Arsenal have told Martinez’s potential suitors that he is still needed at the Emirates this term”

According to The Sun, Arsenal have told Martinez’s potential suitors that he is still needed at the Emirates this term.

They have already parted company with veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech, who has retired from the game and returned to former club Chelsea as a technical director.

And David Ospina also secured a permanent switch away from the club this summer, joining Napoli after a one-year loan stint with the Serie A side in 2018/19.

Bernd Leno is therefore the Gunners’ undoubted No.1 goalkeeper, yet Martinez is likely to stay and serve as backup should the German be unavailable.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is reportedly wanted by Leeds and Blackburn on loan

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is reportedly wanted by Leeds and Blackburn on loan (Pic: GETTY)

But Arsenal, who lost Petr Cech this summer, are not prepared to let Martinez go out on loan

But Arsenal, who lost Petr Cech this summer, are not prepared to let Martinez go out on loan (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal seem to be more concerned with incomings than outgoings right now.

They are edging closer to a stunning £72m deal for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, which would smash the club-record £55m they paid Borussia Dortmund to sign Pierr-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, the Gunners have wrapped up the signing of Pepe.

He posted on Twitter: “Done deal! #Arsenal have closed for Nicolas #Pepe.

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Nicolas Pepe is set to become Arsenal's most expensive signing ever

Nicolas Pepe is set to become Arsenal’s most expensive signing ever (Pic: GETTY)

“Gunners will pay him €80M to #Lille. Pepe will sign a contract until 2024 by €6M a year.”

Pepe enjoyed an impressive 2019/20 campaign, netting 23 goals in 41 appearances for Lille.

The French-Ivorian has been linked with several top clubs so far this summer, including Napoli, Liverpool and Paris St-Germain.

But he looks set to join Emery’s men in what will prove the most expensive deal in Arsenal’s history.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/794891/Arsenal-transfer-news-Emiliano-Martinez-Leeds-Blackburn-Championship

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