Lisandro Martinez


Manchester United Close On Lisandro Martinez Medical Ahead Of €55m Transfer

Manchester United are close to signing Lisandro Martinez and are planning for the player to undergo a medical ahead of his arrival from Ajax.

The deal is understood to be worth in the region of €55m – €50m guaranteed with €5m in add-ons

– and the club hope to have the Argentinian international join the pre-season touring party in Australia over the weekend.

Finishing touches are now being put on the deal and Martinez should become the club’s second signing of the summer.

Former United player and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar is understood to have made it clear to the rest of the board to come to an agreement at €55m

– they were holding out for closer to €60m – after the player confirmed he wants to move to Old Trafford.

Martinez is understood to have rejected Arsenal in favour of United.

Martinez trained on his own on Thursday morning with Ajax keen to ensure he remains injury-free before the move.


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United also hope to have Danish international Christian Eriksen join the squad down under upon completion of his medical examinations,

which are understood to have been extensive. United have agreed a three-year deal to sign Eriksen on a free transfer,

with his earnings set to come in the region of £150,000 a week – with bonuses included on top of that.

A deal remains stalled for top target Frenkie de Jong, with the deferral of wages issue still not sorted out between the player’s agents and Barcelona.

The club owe De Jong as much as £17m in wages after he agreed to a pay cut to support the club during the pandemic, as well as an increased annual figure through until 2026.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are attempting to sign a number of new players ahead of next season –

Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski among them.

They have also renewed the contract of Ousmane Dembele on reduced terms until 2024.

United also retain interest in Ajax winger Antony, though any deal is not close to being agreed.

Ten Hag admitted in Thursday’s press conference ahead of United’s next Friday against Melbourne Victory that he wants his attack to be strong on “both sides”.

United have had a long-standing issue filling the right wing slot, which Antony is a natural fit for.

Arsenal Ahead Of Manchester United In Race To Sign Lisandro Martinez After Submitting Second Bid

Arsenal have leapt ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez,  according to report.

The big-spending Premier League side are awaiting a response from Ajax after tabling a second bid worth £35million for Martinez.

The Argentine international has made more than 100 appearances for the Dutch side and

has shown his versatility, playing in four different positions since joining in 2019.

Despite being just 5ft 9in, he predominantly played as a centre-back last season,

but has also played at left-back, right-back, and defensive midfield.

His ability to play in various positions would make him a useful addition to the Gunners’ squad,

whether as a starter or a squad player for manager Mikel Arteta.


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Martinez was a part of the Ajax side that has won back-to-back Eredivise titles over the last couple of seasons.

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag worked with him during his time in the Netherlands and is said to be keen to reunite with him at Old Trafford – but that now looks unlikely.

Arteta has already brought four players to the club this summer, with US goalkeeper

Matt Turner, Brazilian youngster Marquinhos Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira and Man city striker jesus joining the north Londoners.