Despite the return of the Premier League being only a couple of weeks away, the transfer market has been relatively quiet. That is likely down to the fact that the transfer window has been extended until October 5th, nearly three weeks after the season is due to kick off.
You'd imagine clubs will look to get their business done as soon as possible regardless. Aston Villa will be amongst those hoping to make some key signings having just about avoided relegation last season.
Recruiting a goalkeeper will be a priority. After Tom Heaton went down with an injury in January, Dean Smith was forced to use a mix of Pepe Reina and Ørjan Nyland over the remainder of the campaign, neither of whom covered themselves in glory.
Reina has already departed after the end of his loan spell, while 34-year old Heaton is still out.
They have been linked with an interest in Sergio Romero as part of a potential Jack Grealish transfer package, but they have also looked at another Premier League goalkeeper.
Miguel Delaney of The Independent reports that Aston Villa are considering making a £10million bid for Arsenal's Emiliano Martinez.
Martinez got plenty of playing time at the end of last season after Bernd Leno was ruled out due to injury, impressing with his performances as the club went on to win the FA Cup.
The Argentine has been at Arsenal for a decade, but this was his first extended run in the first team. Despite his good form it is expected that Leno will resume his role as number one.
This has left Arsenal open to selling Martinez. It is believed they are seeking a fee in the region of £20million, one they are unlikely to receive in the current climate.
The goalkeeper has spent time on loan at the likes of Wolves, Getafe, and Reading in recent seasons, so he may find a permanent move to a Premier League club appealing.