Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais are interested in signing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and they’ve made first contact with the Argentine over a move.
Yahoo Sport FR claim the French club are looking to replace current goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, who is reportedly leaving the club next month. Their search has led Rennes to Arsenal’s third choice ‘keeper, and they’ve ‘entered into contact’ with the 26-year-old over a move.
So far, Martinez has only made two appearances for Arsenal this season. One was in an academy match against Tottenham u23s in August, the other was against Qarabag last week. Although he only conceded one goal in the two games, and Arsenal won both matches, it doesn’t seem to have brought him any closer to regular starts.
The problem is that Martinez can’t even be called a youth goalkeeper anymore. He’s 26, the same age as first-choice Bernd Leno. Of course, goalkeepers’ careers go on for longer, so the former Argentina u20 international still has plenty of time to make it. It just doesn’t seem like he’s going to get a real opportunity to do so at Arsenal.
Transfermarkt has Martinez’s contract as expiring in 2022, so perhaps there’s still time for a loan, rather than a permanent transfer. If he’s not getting game time now though, it doesn’t seem likely it will be different in six months time. That’s unless he’s counting on Petr Cech leaving and Arsenal making him the permanent replacement. We’ll see.