Manchester United are closing in on their second summer signing of the transfer window, after a breakthrough in negotiations for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
What’s the word?
The Argentina international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks and it seems as if the Red Devils have finally reached an agreement with the Eredivisie champions.
Fabrizio Romano confirmed this morning that:
“Manchester United are closing on Lisandro Martinez deal: new round of talks scheduled today with Ajax to reach full agreement for €50m plus add-ons, after the meeting in Amsterdam. Payment terms, one of the final steps. Lisandro made his choice: Manchester United.”
Supporters will be buzzing
Erik ten Hag was clearly desperate to reunite with a player that was so vital to his Ajax side over the past two seasons, and supporters will be hoping that he can get the same performances out of Martinez at Old Trafford.
Will Martinez be a good signing?
The 24-year-old, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, was one of the top performers for Ajax last season as they won the Eredivisie title.
Only Sebastien Haller and Dusan Tadic would better Martinez’s superb 7.60 average rating from WhoScored, which emphasises just how crucial he was in Ten Hag’s side.
Considering none of United’s centre-back options would average above a 6.8 rating last season, it was clear that Ten Hag needed to strengthen in that position and he is bringing in a player he knows he can trust.
United’s defensive performances were woeful at times last season, as they shipped 57 goals in the top flight, and signing Martinez could be a big way to amend that.
As the Ajax man can also play in midfield, he is extremely good on the ball, and will surely be better at building attacks from the back than the likes of Harry Maguire, which will benefit Ten Hag’s desired style of play.
Therefore, United fans will surely be delighted to hear that the deal for the Argentine is nearly completed.
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