© GettyLisandro Martinez is near completing a circulate to Manchester United
Manchester United are finalising a deal to signal Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Sky Sports News understands talks are at an advanced degree with the structure of the bills for the deal underneath discussion, while Martinez’s private terms are not expected to be a trouble.
On Friday evening he published a picture on his Instagram account of him and his agent on a plane with the caption “heading to Manchester”.
It is idea Ajax need £forty two.3m (€50m) for the 24-12 months-antique, who previously performed for United boss Ten Hag at the Amsterdam aspect Get Sky SportsDownload the Sky Sports App
United have previously said they’ll now not overpay for Martinez. Sky Sports News discovered earlier this month that Martinez has informed Dutch club Ajax of his preference to transport to the Premier League.
Arsenal had been additionally interested by the Argentina worldwide however have conceded defeat of their pursuit, even as the Gunners’ playing style – at the side of the chance of playing for Mikel Arteta – appealed to Martinez, he has selected to transport to Old Trafford.
Martinez gives brains, brawn and versatility
Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright:
“Last season, Martinez averaged more passes per 90 mins than any other Eredivisie participant, even as handiest two players directed greater passes forward in line with 90 minutes.
“Those numbers underline Martinez’s capability to play thru competition strains but he’s in addition adept at switching the play and selecting out crew-associates over longer distances. At Ajax final season, no player averaged extra successful lengthy passes in line with ninety minutes.
“Voted Ajax’s player of the 12 months for his position of their Eredivisie identify triumph last season, Martinez stands at just 5ft 9ins, making him small for a centre-again.
“Last season at Ajax, he made extra headed clearances (29) than any other participant and received seventy nine of his 112 aerial duels, giving him a success fee of seventy one in line with cent and placing him 2nd most effective to Harry Maguire among Manchester United and Arsenal’s modern centre-backs.
“Martinez can assume to stand extra exacting opponents in the Premier League, of direction, however he is also helped by a sound reading of the game. He is thought for watching for strikers’ runs and positioning himself well to make tackles and interceptions.
“Those qualities, coupled along with his versatility and technical prowess, make him all the extra desirable to Premier League suitors.”
Man Utd hopeful of signing De Jong
Manchester United stay hopeful of completing a deal to signal Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is not actively seeking to depart the Spanish giants however is open to re-uniting with Ten Hag, whom he labored underneath at Ajax.
United have a “wide settlement” with Barca on the charge – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-associated accessories.
Chief executive Richard Arnold and soccer director John Murtough preserve talks with Barca officers over the transfer, however the deal is intricate because De Jong has backdated wage problems. It is notion he is owed £17m after taking a pay reduce at some point of the pandemic.
United preserve to insist that want-away striker Cristiano Ronaldo is not on the market.
Eriksen to sign for Utd in coming days
Manchester United are also hopeful of completing a deal to sign Christian Eriksen inside the coming days.
The Danish midfielder is ready to sign a three-year agreement at Old Trafford and could officially signal once he completes his clinical.
The 30-yr-antique, who spent the second half of of final season at Brentford, worked with Ten Hag when he educated with Ajax as part of his go back to football following his cardiac arrest at the same time as gambling for Denmark at Euro 2020.
United have been affected person of their pursuit of Eriksen and positioned no pressure at the midfielder for a selection, as they understood his desire could be based on more than simply soccer.
Eriksen was settled in London along with his family at Brentford, but has been attracted by using the possibility of working underneath Ten Hag and being a part of United’s new era beneath the Dutchman.
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© Associated PressFrenkie de Jong joined Barcelona within the summer of 2019 for £65m from Ajax