As they continue to seek targets that Erik ten Hag is familiar with, Manchester United has made a €43 million (£37 million) offer for Ajax center-back Lisandro Martinez.
Manchester United have moved closer to Ajax’s valuation of Lisandro Martinez in an effort to bolster their own defense, with Premier League rivals Arsenal also interested in the Argentina international defender.
To beat their competitors for the Argentine star, Manchester United and Arsenal will compete for the services of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
A left-footed center back who also served as Ten Hag’s defensive midfielder at Ajax in 2019–20, is 24 years old.
Pau Torres of Villarreal and David Carmo of Braga had been shortlisted by United, but Ten Hag seems to prefer players with ties to Ajax or Dutch football.
Jurrien Timber, an Ajax teammate who is currently anticipated to continue with the Dutch champions, was initially given priority by United, who then turned to Martinez.
By offering the Dutch club a deal close to their £43 million valuation, the Reds want to eliminate Arsenal from the race for the Argentine international.
Martinez reportedly wants to get back together with Erik ten Hag, which is seen as more important than moving to Arsenal.
The Gunners, thought to be in pole position to recruit the adaptable defender, suddenly seem to be fighting a losing battle.
Arsenal apparently already trailed Chelsea and Barcelona by a significant margin in the Raphinha race, and it now appears that the club will face a significant battle to complete the signing of Martinez.
United has agreed to pay £35.3 million upfront along with a package of add-ons worth an additional £4.3 million, all of which are guaranteed.
The Gunners are considering their options after having a £34 million deal rejected.
However, Martinez has been named by new United manager Erik ten Hag as the player who will give his squad some grit.
And now, following weeks of haggling with Barcelona over the details of a £70 million deal for Frenkie de Jong, the Old Trafford club have taken decisive action.
Prior to departing for their preseason tour of Australia and Thailand the following week, United want to provide Ten Hag with as many fresh additions as they can.
After Ten Hag left to become the manager of Manchester United, Ajax decided not to sell Martinez. They had thought that their asking price would deter prospective buyers.
However, United have made their pitch, and it appears the 24-year-old will be joining his former mentor at Old Trafford unless Arsenal makes a counteroffer to start a real bidding war.
Martinez has expressed his desire to be granted permission to relocate to England to Ajax.
He views it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is confident that the Premier League will be the ideal fit for his aggressive tackling style.
Martinez is a fierce competitor despite being only 5 feet 9 inches tall. Ten Hag believes that he will help a team that struggled last season by bringing both attitude and application.