Manchester United are reportedly weighing in on a new move for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez amid competition from Arsenal this summer.
According to a report in De Telegraaf, Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing Lysandro Martinez. The Red Devils are weighing in on a new move for the Ajax starlet and are expected to go the extra mile in their efforts to sign the young defender ahead of Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal had previously been linked with a move to Martinez in the summer. But the Gunners faced a setback in the chase as it was thought the Argentine defender would remain at Ajax, especially amid interest from Manchester United with Jurien Timber moving away from Amsterdam.
Manchester United, however, are set to make a lucrative offer for the Argentine, who has enjoyed resounding success since joining Ajax in the summer of 2019. In just three years, Martinez established himself, making 118 competitive appearances for the Dutch club. One of his country’s top defenders in the process.
Despite standing at just 1.75 metres, Martinez has made a name for himself with his ability to read the game. His technical know-how, coupled with his overall athleticism, has made him a centre-back capable of performing at the highest level. With seven caps for the national team, the Ajax starlet is also set to be a possible part of Argentina’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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Lysandro Martinez’s success at Ajax has gone unnoticed, with Manchester United set to make a move to the Argentine international. The club’s interest in the player comes amid uncertainty over the future of Eric Bailly, while Phil Jones is set to be dropped before the new season.
This should pave the way for Manchester United to bring in a new face in the defensive unit. The addition of Martinez, to that end, could be useful as the 24-year-old could compete with Rafael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire for a first-team spot next season.
Martinez has worked with Erik ten Haag in the past and he shouldn’t have a hard time settling into life at Old Trafford. Her technical cleverness could also elevate Manchester United’s build-up game from behind, thus making her a perfect coup for the Red Devils this summer. But competition with Arsenal could spell trouble for the Red Devils.