Aston Villa starlet’s huge wage demands revealed as Arsenal, Man Utd express interest

Lewis Oldham
Aston Villa starlet Chukwuemeka

According to reports, Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka is asking for £100,000 a week amid reports linking him with Arsenal and Man Utd.

The 18-year-old signed for Aston Villa from League Two Northampton Town in 2016.

Chukwuemeka made his senior debut for the Villans towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign. He then made 13 appearances for them last season.

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The midfielder shone for England’s U19 side earlier this year as he helped them win the European Under-19 Championships. He was included in the team of the tournament.

He is out of contract in 2023 and Football Insider are reporting that he is ‘holding out for a new contract worth £100,000 a week’.

Chukwuemeka has turned down Aston Villa’s recent contract offer. Arsenal and Man Utd have reportedly joined the race to sign him this summer. Last week it was reported that he is valued at £20m.

Elsewhere, Erik ten Hag labelled ex-Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez a ‘warrior’ as he explained the key attributes of Manchester United’s new signing.

United and Ajax have agreed a transfer fee of £46.8million, rising to £55.3m, for the 24-year-old, who will sign a five-year contract, pending personal terms and visa requirements.

Ten Hag, who worked with Martinez in his time with the Dutch giants, hailed the aggressiveness of the defender and his skill on the ball, admitting him being left-footed was also key to the deal.

“He’s a warrior and I think the fans will admire him. He has an attitude, fighting spirit,” Ten Hag said. “He brings aggressiveness in the game, in a good way. I think we need that. But also, he’s also skilful and he can deal with the ball and he’s left-footed.”

“I think it’s important, yeah,” the manager continued when asked if already being familiar with his methods will help Martinez adapt to the Premier League. “I think the Premier League is high intensity, lots of challenges. We need such players [with fighting spirit].

“Certain ideas, he knows them. That is an advantage, clearly. But also he has to adapt, to a new country, a new club, new team-mates. So also a lot of things will be different.”