Manchester United are preparing a rival £40million bid for Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez as Erik ten Hag seeks a reunion with the defender amid interest from Arsenal

Manchester United are preparing a rival £40million bid for Ajax defender and Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez, according to talkSPORT.

Arsenal have already made two offers for the Argentine and are awaiting a response from the Dutch club after submitting a second offer worth £35million.


Martinez and Ten Hag worked together at Ajax

He has made over 100 appearances for the Eredivisie champions, showing his versatility playing in four different positions since joining them from Defensa y Justicia in 2019.

He mainly played as a centre-back last season when he was just 5ft 9in tall, but can also play left-back, right-back and defensive midfield.

New Man United boss Erik ten Hag worked with him during his time in the Netherlands and seems keen to reunite with him at Old Trafford.

The duo have won back-to-back titles and the Dutch boss is said to be big admirers of the versatile 24-year-old.

Ten Hag highlighted his ability to play in various positions when it was reported that left-back Nicolas Tagliafico nearly left Ajax two years ago.

The new United boss said: “In preparation, I will try Lisandro Martínez for this position. He also played in midfield for us, but he is a defender.

Arsenal are also interested in the Argentinian

Arsenal are also interested in the Argentinian

“I find Lisandro Martinez an excellent player, he actually starts and that’s why I talk to him a lot,” he added.

“But he has a lot of competition with Daley Blind, Tagliafico and [Ryan] Graveberg. I can only start 11 players.

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