Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
The Red Devils are said to be preparing a bid for the 24 year old, according to top-tier Dutch journalist Mike Verweij.
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“After not being able to sign Timber, Manchester United have switched their attention to Lisandro Martínez who Ten Hag knows for 3 years.”
United were strongly linked to Jurrien Timber, but are expected to miss out on the Dutch centre back.
As per Telegraaf, the player’s agents are in talks with Ajax concerning a new contract.
🚨 – The Timber/United deal is dead in the water. Since last night, the agents of the player are in contact with Ajax who are now ready to offer him a new deal. [@telegraaf, Van der Kraan] pic.twitter.com/ilZaPBntaS
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Ten Hag is now eyeing Martinez as he looks to solidify United’s backline.
David Ornstein (The Athletic) claimed that Arsenal had identified Martinez as their top target, and had their opening bid of €30 million rejected by the Eredivisie giants.
However, Verweij mentions that the Gunners never put in a bid for the player, and merely asked for the availability of the Argentine.
United could hold an edge over Arsenal in a direct battle for Martinez.
The 24 year old has worked under Ten Hag for three years and would bed in well with his philosophy at United.
Moreover, Martinez is a versatile player and can play as a defensive midfielder. He is a leader at the back, and could completely transform United’s defence for years to come.