Erik ten Hag views Lisandro Martinez as a centre-back and needs the Argentine to compete with Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof for a beginning berth within the coronary heart of defence subsequent season.
The 24-year-old is about to signal a five-year cope with the membership this week after United confirmed on Sunday evening that that they had agreed a £57m cope with Ajax for the Argentina worldwide.
Martinez joined the Dutch giants in 2020 and after being afforded a settling in interval, Ten Hag opted to play the Argentine in defensive midfield due to his tenacity and the truth that he wished to provide the South American time to adapt to European soccer.
The Argentine moved deeper to play in central defence throughout his second season at Ajax and was named the facet’s Participant of the Season for his spirited shows as they lifted the league title for the third time in 4 seasons.
Given United’s choices in defence and lack of in midfield, it had been advised that Martinez has been bought the plug the hole left by the exits of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.
However the Telegraph say that Ten Hag views Martinez ‘primarily’ as a centre-back and that he has been acquired to play in central defence.
Martinez is United’s third summer season signing following the purchases of Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen.
Neither Eriksen nor Martinez will meet up with their new team-mates on the Australia leg of the tour, with Ten Hag opting to attend till United return to the UK for them to be launched to the squad.
United stay intent on signing Frenkie de Jong however they need to persuade the Dutchman to maneuver to Previous Trafford, regardless of agreeing a £63m with Barcelona.
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