South American star wants to join Manchester United over Arsenal

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Manchester United and Premier League rivals Arsenal are interested in signing Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez this summer.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is keen on reuniting with Martinez at Manchester United with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe all set to leave Manchester United this summer.

Martinez impressed under Ten Hag at Ajax last season and was named Ajax Player of the Year.

According to Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan, Manchester United are leading the race to sign Martinez because the Argentina international prefers to join Manchester United.

“Martinez is very high on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, so I expect big developments in the 24 or 48 hours,” Van der Kraan told De Telegraaf.

“Martinez will also have his hopes pinned on United, who are an absolute top club for him.

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“Ajax will really cash out for Martinez and go to €45m (£38.7m)-€50m (£43m), but that is the advantage if two clubs bid, as we saw with Lyon and Manchester United, then it suddenly goes higher.”

Martinez scored once and provided four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for Ajax last.

He has made a total of 118 appearances for Ajax since joining from Argentine club Defensa y Justica in 2019.

Martinez still has three years left on his Ajax contract which has put the Dutch champions in a strong position to negotiate a high transfer fee.

Meanwhile, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed while Arsenal have submitted a bid for Martinez, Manchester United have only contacted the player’s agent.

Romano told Caught Offside: “My understanding is that these are two negotiations at different stages.

“Arsenal have already submitted official offers up to €40m (£34.2m) plus add-ons for Martinez, while Manchester United are currently busy with Tyrell Malacia and Frenkie de Jong, but have had contact with Lisandro’s agents.

“The player is so far open to negotiate with both clubs. Arsenal are insisting a lot this week because Arteta is understood to be a big fan of Lisandro, considered a versatile player with top team skills.

“For now, the Gunners’ interest is more advanced, but this still looks like it could be an open race.”