Arsenal have submitted an enhanced present to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez in an endeavor to beat Manchester United to his signature this summer months. The Gunners are vying to wrap up their priority centre-again transfer target ahead of United switch their attention toward bolstering Erik 10 Hag’s defence.
In accordance to Mike Verweij, Arsenal have built a next, enhanced bid worth £34million (€40m), such as bonuses, for Martinez. Having said that, Ajax seem set to turn the Leading League outfit absent again mainly because they are holding out for a guaranteed £41m (€50m) to sanction his sale.
The transfer give is a signal of Mikel Arteta’s intent to fortify his defence with Martinez in the summer transfer window. But although it’s an improve on the £26m (€30m) Arsenal bid the very first time, Ajax are not yet budging on one particular of their most prized belongings.
The 24-year-old’s flexibility will certainly appeal to Arteta – capable of enjoying as a still left-again and defensive midfielder. With Nuno Tavares in talks about a personal loan transfer away from the Emirates Stadium, he would be battling for a commencing berth in central defence even though supplying include for Kieran Tierney on the still left.
Erik 10 Hag has also made Martinez his major defensive focus on right after Jurrien Timber snubbed a opportunity swap in favour of guaranteed video game time ahead of the 2022 Environment Cup. Nevertheless, United are yet to make an formal tactic for the Argentine and are unlikely to until eventually they seal a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Red Devils could also come to a crossroads when they ultimately start their pursuit, taking into consideration 10 Hag wishes to reunite with Brazilian winger Antony at Aged Trafford as effectively. Ajax will unlikely allow for equally players to depart soon after presently shedding Ryan Gravenberch and Sebastien Haller.