According to journalist Dean Jones in his latest for GiveMeSport, Tottenham Hotspur would have to pay around £60 million if they want to sign goalkeeper Emi Martinez from Aston Villa this summer.

Martinez has established himself as one of the most competent keepers in the Premier League since making the switch from Arsenal to Villa.

Hugo Lloris

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The 30-year-old is also Argentina’s number one and won the World Cup with his country at the end of last year.

Martinez was named the goalkeeper of the tournament in Qatar, after his heroics in the final shootout.

GiveMeSport previously claimed back in December that Spurs were tracking Martinez.

The player’s agent also suggested Martinez is keen to play Champions League football, which could be a big deciding factor in whether or not he ends up at Tottenham (TuttoMercato).

More recently, 90 Min revealed Martinez is firmly on Tottenham’s shortlist when it comes to replacing current number one and club captain Hugo Lloris.

While Aston Villa are thought to be open to the idea of selling Martinez, he will not come cheap, with the Midlands club expecting a big fee for the Argentine stopper (Daily Mail).

Now, Dean Jones has backed this statement, suggesting Tottenham will need to get close to the world record fee for a goalkeeper in order to secure Martinez’s signature.

Jones claims Tottenham would need to pay around £60 million to satisfy Villa’s demands, and would have to qualify for the Champions League to make the move happen from the player’s perspective.

Insiders close to the situation posit Martinez’s “value is at a premium” off the back of his impressive World Cup.

It is believed this is regarded as the “optimum moment to sell” for Villa.

Spurs Web Opinion

I’m a big fan of Martinez, both for his goalkeeping abilities and the fact he has a bit of personality and bravado too, which seems to serve him well.

He’s got a real winner’s mentality and the medals to back that up now, and he would be very high on my list for the Hugo Lloris replacement.

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