Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign Lysandro 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 Timbers, Manchester United have turned their attention to Lisandro Martinez, whom Ten Hague has known for 3 years.”
United were strongly linked to Jurien Timber but are expected to miss the Dutch centre.
According to the Telegraph, the player’s agents are in talks with Ajax about a new contract.
– The Timber/United deal is dead in the water. Since last night, the player’s agents have been 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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Fabrizio Romano had previously reported that the 22-year-old would make his final decision in the coming days.
Ten Haag is now eyeing Martinez as he looks to bolster United’s backline.
David Ornstein (The Athletic) claimed that Arsenal had identified Martinez as their top target, and his initial bid of €30 million was rejected by the Eredivisie giants.
However, Vervez noted that the Gunners never bid for the player, and only asked for Argentine availability.
United could take the lead over Arsenal in a straight fight for Martinez.
The 24-year-old has worked under Ten Haag for three years and will sleep soundly with his philosophy at United.
In addition, Martinez is a versatile player and can play as a defensive midfielder. He is the leader at the back, and could completely change United’s defense for years to come.