According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and defender Lisandro Martinez of Ajax have an “agreement in place.”
Reports claim that the deal is worth between €55 million and €50 million, with €5 million in add-ons.
The transaction is currently being finalized, and Martinez will likely become the team’s second summer acquisition.
Everything has been agreed upon, and United are hopeful he can travel with them to Australia for the preseason tour, according to The Athletic.
The CEO of Ajax and a former United goalkeeper, assisted chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough in reaching an agreement while they were in Amsterdam.
According to reports, the Argentine turned down a summer transfer to Arsenal and ultimately chose to sign with Manchester United in his bid to play in the Premier League.
Martinez worked out by himself on Thursday morning because Ajax wanted to make sure he wasn’t hurt before the transfer.
After completing what are believed to have been stringent medical exams, Christian Eriksen, a Danish international, is another player United want to have join the team.
Eriksen will join United on a free transfer, and the two parties have agreed to a three-year contract. Eriksen will make around £150,000 per week, plus bonuses.
Frenkie de Jong’s top target deal is still on hold because Barcelona and the player’s agents can’t agree on a wage deferral problem.
De Jong agreed to a pay cut to help the team during the pandemic and a raised annual number through 2026, so the club now owes him up to £17 million in wages.
Although a deal is still far from being reached, United continue to be interested in Ajax winger Antony.
Since Antony is a natural match for the right wing position, United have struggled to fill.
After having great success with Erik ten Hag at Ajax, Martinez will reunite with him at Old Trafford.
Raphael Varane or Harry Maguire might be about to lose their spot in the team, which would prompt Martinez to reorganize the defense.
Time will tell if Ten Hag goes with a back three or chooses his ideal center-back partnership.
Martinez has played regularly for Ajax over the last three years, so Ten Hag will be familiar with him and how to get the most out of him.
Although his primary position is centre-back, he will also be able to cover at full-back or as a defensive midfielder, which might be very useful as the season progresses.
Ajax’s Martinez, who contributed to Ajax allowing only 19 goals in 34 Eredivisie games last season, might help United tighten up following a leaky 2021/22 campaign.
He is expected to be primarily utilized at the center of the defense.