Manchester United close to signing £46.5million international star

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Argentina international Lisandro Martinez for £46.5 million ($55million), according to Goal.

The report adds that negotiations between Manchester United and Ajax are now at an advanced stage, with a deal expected to be agreed to make the centre-back Erik ten Hag’s second signing of the summer.

Manchester United are now the only club in the race for Martinez after the Ajax star told Premier League rivals Arsenal that he wasn’t interested in joining them.

Ajax had been reluctant to sell – rejecting earlier bids of around £40m ($47m) from Manchester United.

However, the Dutch club are now willing to let the Argentina international leave after he made it clear he wanted a move to the Premier League and be reunited with Ten Hag.

According to The Mirror via The Sun, Man United will sell at least three players following the arrival of Martinez.

The report claims Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones will all be sold “to ensure Erik ten Hag’s squad is not overloaded with centre-backs” next season.

Man United skipper Harry Maguire, French World Cup winner Raphael Varane and Swedish international Victor Lindelof will all be battling it out with Martinez for a place in the backline.