EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United steal a march on Arsenal in pursuit of Lisandro Martinez… with in-demand centre back telling Ajax he only sees himself playing Premier League football next season
- Lisandro Martinez wants to move to the Premier League ahead of next season
- Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in the Ajax defender
- The Argentine centre-back is valued at £43million by the Dutch champions
- Arsenal have already had multiple bids rejected for Martinez this summer
- Man United hope Erik ten Hag can lure his former player to Old Trafford
The Argentina centre-back is wanted by both United and Arsenal as they push to strike a deal with Ajax this week who value him at £43million.
Arsenal have had two offers rejected with their last, on Monday, coming in at £34m plus add-ons up to £38m. United have now countered with a £35.3m plus guaranteed add ons to £38m but have the added pull of coach Erik ten Hag, who struck up a strong rapport with Lisandro during his tenure with the Dutch champions.
Erik ten Hag wants to bring Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United this summer
Martinez flourished under ten Hag at Ajax prior to the Dutchman moving to Old Trafford
Lisandro, who is currently on holiday in Ibiza, has told the Ajax board including Edwin van der Sar and Klass-Jan Huntelaar, that his mind is already set after United and Arsenal both placed formal offers of £38m.
The 24-year-old has made his stance clear that, while respectful of what Ajax have done for him, he does not wish to let the opportunity of a move to the Premier League pass and staying in Amsterdam next season is not an option for him.
He has told the club that reaching an agreement soon, with either United or Arsenal, will be the most beneficial solution for all parties.
Lisandro has kept a low profile so far out of respect to Ajax and their supporters as he is a popular figure. However, at 24 he is determined to make the most of the opportunity that has arisen and wants Ajax to respect what he considers the gentleman’s agreement that was put in place when he signed a contract…