Aston Villa and Arsenal battle for La Liga's breakout goalkeeper

Alvaro Valles
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The race for one of La Liga's hottest talents is heating up. Reports indicate Aston Villa has locked its sights on 26-year-old goalkeeper Alvaro Valles, the breakout star of Las Palmas.

However, Villa faces fierce competition in the form of Premier League rivals Arsenal, who are also circling the in-demand keeper according to a report by Relevo.

Alvaro Valles isn't just a name on the transfer wishlist; he is the reason behind Las Palmas' unexpectedly strong defensive performances. He has been a fixture in their starting lineup, appearing in all 28 league matches this season. His 89 saves and seven clean sheets speak volumes about his shot-stopping prowess and ability to organise his defence.

Aston Villa's pursuit of Valles hints at a desire to inject young blood into their goalkeeping ranks. With an eye on building a more dynamic squad for the future, Valles could be the key piece they need.

But Arsenal's interest complicates matters, suggesting they see Valles as a potential long-term answer to their own goalkeeping needs.

While Valles's market value of 8 million Euros makes him an attractive target, he won't come cheap. His contract with Las Palmas extends to 2025, meaning a significant transfer fee will likely be involved.

Valles's current salary of €120,000 gross per season is also poised to skyrocket if he makes the leap to the Premier League.

The stage is set for a dramatic transfer saga this summer. Will Valles make the move to the Midlands with Aston Villa, or will he be tempted by the bright lights of London with Arsenal? Or, could he even opt to stay with Las Palmas?

One thing's for certain: Alvaro Valles has become one of the hottest commodities in European football, and his next move will be closely watched.