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Man Utd make opening offer for Lisandro Martinez, very close to Ajax price tag

Manchester United have made an opening bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez which is higher than what Arsenal have offered, TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook reports.

The Red Devils are eyeing a new central defender this summer, and it has recently emerged that Martinez is the prime target for manager Erik ten Hag.

Crook has now reported that United have made an opening proposal of £39 million for the Argentine which tops Arsenal’s two bids. The Gunners’ latest offer stands at £35m.

Furthermore, it has been revealed that the package is close to the £41m fee that Ajax are willing to accept. Martinez is said to be keen on a reunion with his former Ajax boss.

Our view:

Martinez worked with Ten Hag for three seasons at Ajax. Last campaign, he was at his very best with an impressive 2 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per league game.

The Argentine also excelled with his ability to win regular ground and aerial duels while completing nearly 89 per cent of his passes throughout the season.

If he were to join United, he would pretty much be assured a starting role in central defence unlike teammate Jurrien Timber, who is still fairly early in his playing career.

Arsenal are also not giving up on their pursuit, but United should be favourites with more budget in the bank than the Gunners, who have already spent £85m this summer.

Martinez may also give preference to United due to Ten Hag as well as the assurance of playing at the heart of the defence. Arsenal view him as more of a left-back, which is not his strongest position.

Aside from operating in central defence and left-back, Martinez can also play as a holding midfielder. His versatility will be an added advantage for United in case of an injury crisis.

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