Arsenal are following UD Las Palmas goalkeeper Josep Martinez, who has a release clause of €10m, according to reports in Spain.
Marca report that after earlier interest from Real Madrid, Arsenal and Real Betis are now following the goalkeeper closely. Betis are looking for a replacement for Pau Lopez, whilst Arsenal have seen David Ospina and Petr Cech depart the club this summer.
It appears Arsenal have no plans to sign a goalkeeper to immediately go into the first team. Bernd Leno will continue his role as the club’s number one goalkeeper, and Emi Martinez is set to take over as backup after his strong loan spell with Reading.
Martinez (Josep, not Emi) would likely represent a signing for the future, similar to the recently-linked Markus Schubert, who ended up joining Schalke 04.
According to Marca, Martinez has a €10m release clause with Las Palmas, and his club aren’t willing to negotiate that price down. The goalkeeper is happy where he is, so he’s unlikely to force a transfer.
The 21-year-old made 37 appearances last season, keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding just 34 goals. Nonetheless, Las Palmas had a poor season, finishing 12th in Spain’s Segunda Division.
A purchase and loan back for another year would make the most sense, given the Spanish club clearly need the goalkeeper right now.