Man United ‘hoping to reach a compromise’ over Lisandro Martinez signing

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Man United are still negotiating with Ajax over the signing of Lisandro Martinez.

Having conceded the fifteenth-most goals in the Premier League last term, it makes sense that Erik ten Hag is looking at acquiring a new centre-back this summer.

Jurrien Timber was the early frontrunner, though that deal died pretty quickly after Louis van Gaal had his say on the situation.

Attention then turned towards Timber’s teammate, Lisandro Martinez. The Argentine has been linked with an Old Trafford switch pretty regularly since.

In an article from The Telegraph, it’s claimed United are ‘hoping to reach a compromise’ as they look to sign the defender.

Apparently, United had a £35m turned down last week, with Ajax’s valuation of the player currently standing at £45m; a £10m difference. Arsenal are also keen.

Martinez is obviously someone Ten Hag knows well from their time together at Ajax, with the Argentina centre-back seemingly keen to link up with the Dutch boss once again.

In terms of style, it’s a good fit. Martinez thrived in Ten Hag’s possession-based system in 2021/22, though whether his game can directly translate to the physical Premier League remains to be seen.

My early worry is the lack of height. Martinez stands at just 5ft 9in tall. With many larger strikers operating in this country, that could be a glaring weakness in his game.

However, Ten Hag knows how to get the best out of Martinez, meaning he’d likely be able to slot straight into the starting line-up should a deal be done.

I also imagine United should be able to beat out Arsenal in pretty much every aspect. They have the Ten Hag factor, they’re a much bigger club and matching the North London club from a financial aspect shouldn’t be an issue either.

Do you think Lisandro Martinez would be a good signing for Man United? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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