Manchester United have agreed a deal value as much as £57m for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who is ready to signal a five-year contract at Previous Trafford.
United pays a assured €57m (£48.5m) for the Argentina worldwide defender, with a further €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons agreed between the 2 golf equipment. The transfer will see Martinez hyperlink up once more with former Ajax supervisor Erik Ten Hag, who signed him for the membership in 2019, at Previous Trafford.
The deal continues to be topic to each medical and visa necessities, with completion anticipated within the coming days, earlier than he places pen to paper on a five-year contract in Manchester, with the choice of an additional 12 months, which might take him past his 30th birthday.
On Friday night Martinez posted an image on his Instagram account of him and his agent on a aircraft with the caption “heading to Manchester”.
Arsenal had been additionally within the Argentina worldwide however conceded defeat of their pursuit. Whereas the Gunners’ taking part in model, together with the prospect of taking part in for Mikel Arteta, appealed to Martinez, he has chosen to maneuver to Previous Trafford.
Round €2m (£1.7m) of Martinez’s charge shall be break up between his previous golf equipment, Newell’s Previous Boys and Defensa y Justicia, each primarily based in Argentina, as a part of the usual solidarity funds concerned in worldwide transfers.
Martinez offers brains, brawn and versatility
Sky Sports activities’ options author Nick Wright:
“Final season, Martinez averaged extra passes per 90 minutes than some other Eredivisie participant, whereas solely two gamers directed extra passes ahead per 90 minutes.
“These numbers underline Martinez’s potential to play by opposition traces however he is equally adept at switching the play and choosing out team-mates over longer distances. At Ajax final season, no participant averaged extra profitable lengthy passes per 90 minutes.
“Voted Ajax’s participant of the 12 months for his function of their Eredivisie title triumph final season, Martinez stands at simply 5ft 9ins, making him small for a centre-back.
“Final season at Ajax, he made extra headed clearances (29) than some other participant and gained 79 of his 112 aerial duels, giving him a hit price of 71 per cent and placing him second solely to Harry Maguire amongst Manchester United and Arsenal’s present centre-backs.
“Martinez can count on to face extra exacting opponents within the Premier League, after all, however he can also be helped by a sound studying of the sport. He’s recognized for anticipating strikers’ runs and positioning himself neatly to make tackles and interceptions.
“These qualities, coupled along with his versatility and technical prowess, make him all of the extra alluring to Premier League suitors.”
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