Dutch champions Ajax are now resigned to losing centre-back Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United, according to The Times.
Ajax initially refused to sell Martínez to Manchester United or Arsenal, who also declared an interest in the Argentina centre back but are now willing to sell the 24 year old after talks with the Red Devils on Wednesday.
The Dutch champions have already started planning for life after Martínez and have identified £12.5 million-rated Shakhtar Donetsk centre back Mykola Matvienko as an ideal replacement.
Ajax rejected United’s first offer of £38 million (€45million), plus £4.2 million (€5million) in add-ons for the 24-year-old, according to The Times, but there is hope on both sides that a compromise can be reached.
John Murtough, United’s football director, and Richard Arnold, the chief executive, were in Amsterdam to try to get the Martínez deal over the line.
The pair flew to the Dutch city after travelling to Barcelona on Monday to meet with their executives to discuss the De Jong deal.
According to Mike Verweij of Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf, Manchester United will complete a deal with Ajax for Martinez on Thursday.
After an hour-long meeting on Wednesday between Manchester United and Ajax to discuss the transfer of Martinez, Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar gave the greenlight for the player to leave Ajax.
Mike Verweij claim Man United and Ajax have reportedly reached an agreement on a fee of around €55million (£46.5million) including bonuses but the payment terms are yet to be agreed.