In their efforts to capture Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, for whom both Premier League heavyweights have had transfer bids rejected, Manchester United and Arsenal have received a significant boost.
According to reports, Lisandro Martinez is up for sale at Ajax, greatly increasing the likelihood that Manchester United or Arsenal will be able to buy him.
The two Premier League powerhouses have both had transfer offers for the 24-year-old rejected in their pursuit of him.
According to Mirror sports, the player is prepared to compel a move out of Amsterdam.
The Telegraaf reports that, in contrast to a few days ago, the Eredivisie champions are now willing to negotiate with the Argentine.
Who, though they would want to keep, is yearning to play in the Premier League.
After submitting a bid for £39.6 million that was rejected last week, Ajax is reportedly aware that United are willing to enhance their offer.
With Ajax having made the decision to be open to selling the central defender, Manchester United is rapidly approaching an agreement to pay £46 million for Lisandro Martinez.
After deciding to sabotage Arsenal’s proposed transfer for the 24-year-old, the Red Devils have been in negotiations with their Amsterdam counterparts about a deal for a number of weeks.
The Red Devils appear to be the front-runners after numerous reports identified them as Martinez’s preferred destination, but Arsenal are still in the running thanks to the pivotal u-turn.
Former manager for three seasons at Ajax before leaving this summer, 52-year-old new United manager Erik ten Hag is sure to have a big influence on that choice.
The 30-year-old Martinez, who formerly played in midfield for Defensa y Justicia before moving for £6 million to the Johan Cruyff Arena in 2019, may accompany him to Old Trafford and improve the Red Devils’ defensive options.
Ten Hag said that United were looking for midfielders and attackers in the transfer market, not defenders, during a press conference on Monday.
But Martinez, known as “the butcher of Amsterdam” for his tough defending style, has long been considered by the Dutchman as a flexible player.
During their trophy-laden time together, he used him in a variety of positions.
In response to a question about the Argentine international from last season, Ten Hag said, “He can play left-back, left central defender, and left controlling midfielder.
He is strong in combat and has outstanding technique.”
According to Red Devils icon Jaap Stam, Martinez possesses the ball-playing skills to play a holding midfield role and solve an issue for his former team.
Martinez can play in front of the defense because he is at ease with the ball. And I won’t discount the possibility that Ten Hag will employ him there, “said Stam.
“You can see that ten Hag’s strategy is obviously to win games and control the territory of the opposition.
When you need players that are somewhat quick and aren’t scared to cover, you play with a lot of space in the back.
Both Tyrell Malacia and Martinez undoubtedly possess that.
The reason Martinez is someone ten Hag wants to work with again is because of his football prowess.”