Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is seriously considering a move to Arsenal as Manchester United also battle for his signature, a report has claimed.
Both Premier League clubs are hunting new centre-backs to help their respective teams progress. The Gunners have advanced under Mikel Arteta and are looking to finally get over the line back into the Champions League.
United, meanwhile, finished sixth last year and. Martinez would therefore act as a starting point for Erik ten Hag’s new project.
Both Arsenal and Man Utd have are firmly in the hunt for the 24-year-old Argentine. Arsenal went first with a £25million offer, subsequently raising the stakes to £35million and then around £40million.
Man Utd have also bid £40million bid, with both sides edging closer to Ajax’s £45million valuation. Further reports have claimed that Martinez feels excited by the plans Arsenal and Arteta have for him.
And given the serious financial plays from both Premier League suitors, the Evening Standard now reports that Martinez has stepped up his efforts to get a move away.
Indeed, the Argentina international has told Ajax that he has a strong desire to move to the Premier League.
For now, though, he is not forcing a move, with it likely that either Arsenal or United will eventually snap him up.
The newspaper adds that both sides are planning fresh talks over a deal for Martinez this week.
They want a deal done before their respective pre-season tours begin to allow the centre-back to bed himself in.
Martinez is 5ft 9in and so on the smaller end of the centre-back height scale. However, Arsenal reportedly believe he can prove an asset at left-back and at the base of their midfield.
Lisandro Martinez transfer chase nears conclusion
It only seems a matter of time before either Man Utd or Arsenal stump up the desired cash for Martinez.
He is an exciting prospect and United and Arsenal only have to look at Tottenham to find a blossoming Argentine defender in the Premier League, Cristian Romero impressing for Antonio Conte.
Both United and Arsenal have set a deadline and whoever wins the race for Martinez will be much better off for it.
Ajax defender in high demand
Ajax centre back Lisandro Martinez is being targeted by both Arsenal and Manchester United as the two clubs look set to battle it out for the highly rated player’s signature.
Arsenal got by last season with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes. But while they were lucky with injuries, White’s absence at the back end of the campaign showed.
United, meanwhile, ended the season with their worst tally in Premier League history for goals conceded. Martinez’s role in Ten Hag’s plan would be clear – to shore up the defence.