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Transfer Gossip: Arsenal launch improved third bid for Lisandro Martinez as Erik ten Hag performs Man Utd U-turn; Tottenham close on four signings

Lisandro Martinez of Ajax during a Training Session of Ajax at The Campus on January 5, 2022 in Quinta do Lago, Portuga

Arsenal and Manchester United continue to slug it out for Lisandro Martinez with both clubs going big for the player, the signing of Richarlison will kick-off a busy period for Tottenham with three more arrivals to follow, while Thursday’s Transfer Gossip says Wolves have mixed news on the midfielder front with a Bruno Lage favourite set to depart.


Speculation surrounding the future of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez continues to swirl amid two significant updates.

The Argentina defender finds himself one of the most in-demand players of the transfer window. And with Arsenal and Manchester United both hot on his trail, the biggest winners look like being both Ajax and Martinez himself.

Indeed, the 24-year-old has already been the subject of two failed bids by Arsenal. Their opening £25m offer was soon knocked back, while a second, improved bid of £8m higher was also met with similar rejection.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta remains undeterred, however. And he is determined to bring in the seven-times capped Argentina international knowing he can cover a variety of positions. Comfortable at centre-half, Martinez can also play left-back or as a holding midfielder.

And despite seeing two bids fail, Arsenal are reportedly preparing to come back in for a third time. And they are ready to raise the stakes even further as they look to get his signing over the line.

Their third offer is said to be worth around £34m, with bonuses and add-ons taking the deal nearer to £40m.

Ajax, however, are reportedly holding out for nearer the £43m mark. And they may come close to their asking price with Manchester United also lurking.

Erik ten Hag also desperate to sign Lisandro Martinez

Indeed, a report on Wednesday claimed United are ready to go as high as £40m themselves for Martinez. Were they to reach that mark, that may give Arsenal a problem and leave United as sole suitors.

To that end, The Sun claims Martinez is now emerging as Erik ten Hag’s main transfer priority, once a deal for Frenkie de Jong is done.

Ten Hag was expected to focus on signing a new attacker once the Barcelona midfielder had signed. Indeed, Ajax star Antony was the man at the top of that wanted list.

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.

However, with just £100m to spend this summer (before player sales), Ten Hag will have room for just one more major signing after De Jong.

And the paper claims he is now prioritising Martinez instead of Antony.

Manchester United are closing in on Tyrell Malacia and it seems the three men will be Ten Hag’s major three captures this summer.


Tottenham are expected to be extremely busy in the next week with up to four new signings lined up.

The first of those new arrivals will be Richarlison with reports overnight revealing a fee has been struck with Everton.

Spurs will pay the Toffees an initial £50m, with a further £10m made up in bonuses and add-ons.

As per The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Richarlison will now undergo a medical with Tottenham on Thursday. Personal terms over a long-term deal have also been agreed – making the player the club’s record signing in the process.

Everton ace Richarlison

The Brazilian wanted out of Everton following their narrow escape from relegation last season.

And he is looking unlikely to be the last of their new arrivals in the coming days.

Indeed, Tottenham are also closing on an agreement with Barcelona to sign Clement Lenglet on an initial loan.

The left-sided centre-half is also reportedly wanted by Roma – but has now given Spurs his word.

Spurs may not be done there, either, with talks also scheduled with Torino over Gleison Bremer.

The Brazilian is regarded as one of Serie A’s best defenders, with Torino seeking a £43m fee. That price has scared off Inter – but Torino hope to achieve that fee having booked in talks with both Spurs and Chelsea.

Spurs are also chasing Pervis Estupinan, as per Goal.

The Villarreal left-back is seemingly available for a fee of around £14m, so won’t break the bank.

Comfortable as part of a back four or as a wing-back, the Ecuadorian enjoyed an excellent season as Villarreal reached the Champions League semi-finals.


Joao Moutinho receiving instructions from Bruno Lage

Wolves look like they have won the fight to retain the services of Ruben Neves this summer.

The midfielder is reportedly a target for Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona.

However, despite having two years left on his deal, Wolves’ demand for £75m has scared off all three suitors.

He has made 212 appearances since signing five seasons ago and keeping him at Molineux will come as a boost for Bruno Lage.

However, the Old Gold do look likely to lose Joao Moutinho. The veteran midfielder is a regular in their side, missing just four Premier League games last season.

However, despute Lage’s best efforts, the player is pushing for a move to Roma, where Jose Mourinho is a massive fan.

His Wolves contract expires on Thursday and the 35-year-old is likely to sign a two-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.