“We don’t want to lose a player of his quality” – Club boss sends warning after Manchester United submit bid for international player

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Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has warned Manchester United that Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez isn’t for sale.

This comes after Manchester United submitted an offer of around £37million for the Argentina international.

Manchester United are facing stiff competition from Arsenal for the centre-back and might have to pay over £43m to get the deal done.

The Red Devils are believed to be favourites to sign the Ajax Player of the Year as the Argentine prefers a move to Manchester United to reunite with former boss Erik ten Hag.

When asked about whether he has any fears of losing Lisandro Martinez amid heavy links to Manchester United, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder said: “No, no.

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“We have made it clear internally that we don’t want to lose players of his quality.

“This is out of question right now. We are assuming that we will remain firm and that this won’t happen.”

Meanwhile, former United player Luke Chadwick has revealed why Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag prefers Ajax forward Antony to Leeds United forward Raphinha.

“Raphinha has done it in the Premier League, and of course we haven’t seen Antony do that yet, but I think he’s got the ability to do that,” he told Caught Offside.

“If United do get him in, it’s an opportunity for Ten Hag to have potentially a few players, alongside Donny van de Beek, and Frenkie de Jong if they get him, who know his management and his tactics inside out.

“Obviously Raphinha looks like a player who’d fit the bill really well, but I can understand why Ten Hag might prefer Antony because of that connection at Ajax.”

He added: “I think what Ten Hag’s doing is targeting players he knows, which I think is quite important.

“It could be really useful for him to have players on the pitch who’ve worked with him before and know what he wants them to do.”