AS Roma is considering a potential move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as they aim to secure a new first-choice goalkeeper during the summer transfer window.
According to Il Corriere dello Pallone, the World Cup winner has emerged as a surprise choice for Roma to replace Rui Patricio, who has struggled to impress since joining from Wolves.
A series of mistakes by Patricio this season has convinced Roma that a change is necessary.
Tiago Pinto, Roma’s sporting director, is actively working to make the transfer happen by leveraging his contacts to ensure the team acquires the much-needed solidity in the goalkeeping position.
The preferred option for Roma is Emiliano Martinez, the goalkeeper for Aston Villa, as he is seen as someone who can provide both the required reliability and the touch of eccentricity that Jose Mourinho appreciates in players.
Additionally, Martinez’s price is deemed favorable, with reports suggesting that Aston Villa values him at €30 million.
If Roma can present a competitive offer, there is a possibility that Aston Villa may be willing to sell the player. However, it remains uncertain if Roma can meet that valuation.
While Roma’s interest in Martinez cannot be dismissed, it is worth considering the feasibility of Aston Villa selling their World Cup-winning goalkeeper, who is highly regarded in the Premier League.
It is likely that if Martinez were to leave this summer, he would join a club of greater stature than Roma.
The reported €30 million asking price for Martinez seems relatively low, especially considering that he is under contract until 2027 and was acquired by Aston Villa for €17.4 million in 2020.
It is unlikely that the club would be willing to make a €13 million profit on a goalkeeper who won the World Cup just six months ago.
Therefore, it is prudent to approach this report with skepticism for now. While Roma may indeed be interested in Martinez, the likelihood of Aston Villa selling him or the goalkeeper expressing a strong desire to move seems slim at best.