The plot thickens.

No sooner than Aston Villa table a lucrative £20m bid for the impressive Emi Martinez, do we then see a rumour intensifying about a possible loan deal for another goalkeeper!

In a possible move that would tidy up the loose ends, PSG and France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is being offered to Arsenal on a loan deal. The 27 year old spent last season on loan at Real Madrid and would certainly give Mikel Arteta a bit of thinking time before deciding to take the plunge or not.

At the bottom of this story is of course, money. PSG would not be offering a goalkeeper to Arsenal if we didn’t need one. At this present moment we are well stocked with two brilliant number one’s – but that is where the problem lies. Both Martinez and Leno deserve to start games and if we are to raise funds for the Thomas Partey deal – which is widely believed to be around £50m – then a £20m cheque could well tip the balance on what we decide for Martinez.

The Argentinean would be a sore miss as he adores the club and has shown he is more than ready to take the responsibility that being a first choice keeper brings. But should Martinez decide that the Villa move would suit him – then a replacement in the form of Areola would ease the blow a tad. The French goalkeeper is certainly equipped to give Bernd Leno some competition this season and if called on, would be more than adequate.

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Areola made only four appearances for Real last season and in 2015-16, spent the season on loan at Villareal, so he is accustomed to playing away from his homeland, but he has been unable to hold down a regular spot at PSG so a season away from his club to regain confidence and show what he can do would be a good move for the Frenchman.

Would this move suit all parties? If we are resigned to losing Martinez, would Areola fill the gap?