Man United are still working hard to bring Lisandro Martinez to the club.
The Old Trafford club are suddenly moving pretty quick in the transfer market. Deals to acquire both Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen are edging closer, as Erik ten Hag’s squad begins to take shape.
Manchester United have also been rather heavily linked with a move to sign Lisandro Martinez. The Ajax centre-back jumped up the Reds’ transfer wishlist as soon as a move to bring Jurrien Timber in became a lost cause.
Over the last 24 hours, Fabrizio Romano provided an update on Martinez’s future The centre-back is now back in Holland following his holiday, telling Ajax that he ‘wants to leave’ in order to move to the Premier League.
That’s where United come in. They’re pushing’ to sign the 24-year-old, with Ten Hag viewing the Argentine as a ‘priority’. The Reds will not have it all their own way, though, as Arsenal are still there ‘fighting’.
I know the pull of moving to United has dampened somewhat over the last few years, though I’d like to think that if Ten Hag wants Martinez, then he’d choose Manchester over North London any day of the week.
Martinez flourished under Ten Hag over at Ajax, while United’s situation still feels better than Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.
In terms of playing style, Martinez is ideal for Ten Hag’s possession-based system, though I do worry about his lack of height in the physical Premier League.
Where money is concerned, around £40million should get the deal done, with Ten Hag looking to surround himself with players he knows inside-out.
With time running out before pre-season tour starts, United will have to act quickly to get Martinez signed and sealed in time.
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