Erik ten Hag has made Lisandro Martinez his top priority signing in Manchester United’s defence
Manchester United and Premier League rivals Arsenal have a keen interest in the 24-year-old Argentina international, who was signed by Ten Hag at Ajax in 2019. Arsenal’s interest is as legitimate as it is and the Gunners have made a number of demands for the player, the latest of which is. cost € 40m plus.
Ajax are still awaiting € 50 million euros, and while Manchester United have yet to submit a non-existent proposal their interest has been made clear. The Dutch champions fully expect their prices to be met when considering interested clubs.
Ten Hag and Manchester United have shifted their focus from signing half to the center after taking a firm step on the Dutch international agreement with Frankfie de Jong and Tyrell Malacia, of Barcelona and Ajax respectively. A finishing touch was made on both transfers and Manchester United expects to tie them up within a few days.
Christian Eriksen has secured a contract from Manchester United and the club is still awaiting his decision – his Brentford contract expires despite having the opportunity to renew his west London club – while Manchester United still loves Martinez’s Ajax teammate Antony.
While Antony has now been touted as a key figure in United’s transfer window in the summer following De Jong’s wide-ranging agreement, Arsenal’s decision to move Martinez has brought Manchester United to the table for fear of missing out.
Ajax had hoped to win at least 120 million euros from the two players if sold, with Antony valued at € 70m plus. Ajax have seen two players in a straight-line tournament to secure a place in the attack on the Brazilian national team – Richardson, and Raphinha – near the cost of earning money in the same area, so they feel worthy of their price.
Martinez has advanced Villarreal’s Pau Torres to United’s top defensive line as Ten Hag targets players who are familiar with his style of play so that the team can strike early during his reign. The fact that Ten Hag has worked so hard with Martinez is considered a big deal as he is well aware of the player’s qualities.
Manchester United started training ahead of the season in Carrington this week with an existing team playing, in addition to those who were in international service at the end of last season.