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Aston Villa to confirm £20m Emi Martinez transfer from Arsenal on Monday with ex-Chelsea ace Bertrand Traore to follow

ASTON VILLA have Emiliano Martinez in the bag after ironing out the final details of his £20million move from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old Argentine has agreed a four-year-deal worth around £60,000 per week and completed his medical. 

A deal for the FA Cup-winning keeper was sped through so he can train with his new team-mates this week as he prepares to make his debut in Villa’s opening game of the season at home to Sheffield United next Monday night.

Dean Smith is also expected to sign Bertrand Traore after Villa agreed a fee of £17.5million to land Lyon forward. 


Lyon have given the green-light to the deal for the former Chelsea academy kid, after Villa increased their original offer by a further £2million.

The 25-year-old Burkina Faso international has lost patience with Lyon after failing to dislodge Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembele from Rudi Garcia’s first-choice side.

 Traore recently spoke of his frustration when he told reporters: “I am 25 years old and I have played everywhere I have been.

“I need to play. I have no time to waste, I’m no longer an 18,19 or 20-year-old player.”

Villa are also in talks to sign Kosovan winger Milot Rashica, 24, from German side Werder Bremen.

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