Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United Verify £56.7m Signing Of Ajax Defender On Five-yr Contract

Manchester United have confirmed the £56.7m signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez on a 5-12 months contract.


United have paid a guaranteed €fifty seven.37m (£forty eight.3m) for the Argentina international, with an extra €10m (£eight.4m) in add-ons agreed between the two clubs. The pass sees Martinez link up again with former Ajax supervisor Erik ten Hag, who signed him for the membership Man Utd switch rumoursSummer transfer window finished deals Download the Sky Sports app

The 24-12 months-old has put pen to paper on a 5-yr settlement in Manchester, with the option of a in addition one year, which would take him beyond his 30th birthday.

“It’s an honour to sign up for this extraordinary football club,” Martinez said. “I’ve worked so tough to get to this moment and now that I’m here I’m going to push myself even further.

Image:Martinez signs and symptoms his Manchester United contract

“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a success teams in my profession and that’s what I need to preserve at Manchester United. There may be quite a few work to get to that moment, however I firmly believe that below this supervisor and coaches, and collectively with my new teammates, we are able to do it.

“I need to thank Ajax and their lovers for all the aid they gave me. I had an incredible time there but sense the moment is right to test myself in another surroundings. Now I am at the best club to try this.”

Martinez arrived at United’s Carrington training base on Tuesday alongside fellow new signing Christian Eriksen, who finished a free switch earlier this month after his Brentford contract expired.

Arsenal were also inquisitive about the Argentina worldwide, however conceded defeat of their pursuit. While the Gunners’ playing style, in conjunction with the prospect of playing for Mikel Arteta, appealed to Martinez, he has chosen to move to Old Trafford.

Around €2m (£1.7m) of Martinez’s charge may be split between his antique clubs, Newell’s Old Boys and Defensa y Justicia, both based totally in Argentina, as a part of the same old harmony payments worried in global transfers.

Image:Erik ten Hag signed Martinez for Ajax in 2019

John Murtough, United’s Football Director, said of the membership’s new signing: “Lisandro is an amazing participant who will convey further high-quality and enjoy to Erik’s squad.

“We are thrilled that he has selected to join Manchester United, and we’re searching forward to seeing him increase further and help the crew obtain the success we are aiming for.”Why did Man Utd need Martinez?

Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:

“United have wished a left-sided centre-again and the manager wanted any person who is quite cushty in possession.

“Under Ten Hag, United are going to have pretty a proactive technique, construct play from the back and he desired to have a defender who’s going to be an indirect threat at set pieces, assured and authoritative within the location.

Image:Martinez pictured at Manchester United’s education ground

“He knows Martinez quite well and feels that he suits the invoice. He’s a defender snug defending in big areas whilst the group pushes up.

“He goes to be okay to cowl floor on his personal but also he can deliver the ball out and shape components of assaults that’s what Ten Hag needs. He feels that is cash nicely spent for United.”Martinez gives brains, brawn and versatility

Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright:

“Last season, Martinez averaged more passes in step with ninety minutes than every other Eredivisie player, even as most effective players directed more passes ahead in line with ninety minutes.

“Those numbers underline Martinez’s capability to play via opposition traces but he’s in addition adept at switching the play and choosing out team-buddies over longer distances. At Ajax ultimate season, no player averaged more successful long passes consistent with ninety minutes.

“Voted Ajax’s player of the yr for his function in their Eredivisie title triumph final season, Martinez stands at just 5ft 9ins, making him small for a centre-back.

“Last season at Ajax, he made more headed clearances (29) than another player and gained seventy nine of his 112 aerial duels, giving him a fulfillment price of 71 per cent and setting him 2nd simplest to Harry Maguire amongst Manchester United and Arsenal’s cutting-edge centre-backs.

“Martinez can anticipate to face extra exacting fighters in the Premier League, of path, but he is also helped via a valid analyzing of the sport. He is understood for looking forward to strikers’ runs and positioning himself neatly to make tackles and interceptions.

“Those traits, coupled along with his versatility and technical prowess, made him all the greater appealing to Premier League suitors.”Follow the transfer window with Sky Sports

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