After their initial offer was rejected by Ajax amid interest from Manchester United, Arsenal are back with a second offer for the Dutch team’s center-back, Lisandro Martinez.
Arsenal have made the Argentine international their top aim this summer as Mikel Arteta tries to bolster his defense.
There are reports that Arsenal have made a second offer for Lisandro Martinez, which Ajax is reportedly considering.
As the Gunners continue to look for defensive reinforcements this summer, their initial bid for the center-half was swiftly rejected.
Ajax star Martinez is one of several Ajax stars that are being watched by Premier League clubs, including Manchester United.
The north London team has so far had a £29 million offer rejected outright, but they have come back with a higher offer that is at least being evaluated by Ajax executives, according to Goal.
The 24-year-old is grateful for the foundation Amsterdam has given him, but if an agreement can be reached, he would prefer to move to England’s top division.
While they are thinking about their own targets, the Red Devils are still monitoring Martinez’s position.
Numerous of Erik ten Hag’s former players, notably Jurrien Timber and Antony, have been mentioned. Martinez’s adaptability is viewed as another important quality.
Erik ten Hag, the new manager of United, worked with the defender while he was in Amsterdam and is considering bringing him to Old Trafford.
The defender can play at center back, left back, or in a defensive midfield position.
While putting together an offer, United has asked to be kept updated on Martinez’s status because they are presently working to get a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The sales of Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund and Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich this summer produced enormous sums of money for Ajax, who are not under any obligation to sell.
It implies that they may set their own pricing for individuals like Martinez, Timber, and Antony.
Despite having a strong backline currently, Arsenal is nevertheless determined to bolster it at the Emirates.
Ben White cost them £50 million last summer, and Gabriel Magalhães was recruited a year earlier from Lille. At the back, the two have teamed up, but Martinez is still on their minds.
William Saliba is also returning to north London, but Mikel Arteta has been happy to play with a three-man backline.
Martinez would not be able to play in the Champions League for Arsenal or United, but both teams aspire to get there in a year.
After a tight call last season, Arsenal are continuing to invest in their team with a deal for Gabriel Jesus nearing completion.
Tuesday’s examination is scheduled before a £45 million transfer from Manchester City, and Arteta will be reunited with a player he previously worked with at the Etihad.
With the addition of Fabio Vieira from Porto, the Gunners have already spent over £30 million, and American goalkeeper Matt Turner recently joined the team after signing many months earlier.
Arsenal are still interested in players like Raphinha of Leeds United, despite having just had a bid for him rejected. This summer, the Brazilian is expected to depart Yorkshire, but Barcelona is where he wants to go.