Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United reach £57m deal for Ajax defender to sign five-year deal | News about transfer center

Manchester United have agreed a deal worth up to £57million for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford.

United are guaranteed to pay €57 million (£48.5 million) for the Argentina international defender, with an additional €10 million (£8.5 million) in add-ons agreed between the two clubs. Due to the move, Martinez reconnects with former Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag, who signed him for the club in 2019, at Old Trafford.

The deal is still subject to both medical and visa requirements, and completion is expected in the coming days, before he puts on paper a five-year contract in Manchester, with the option of a further 12 months, which would take him past his 30th birthday. birthday.

On Friday night, Martinez posted a photo to his Instagram account of him and his agent on a plane with the caption “on the way to Manchester”.

Arsenal were also interested in the Argentina international, but admitted defeat in their pursuit. While the Gunners’ style of play, along with the prospect of playing for Mikel Arteta, appealed to Martinez, he has opted to move to Old Trafford.

About €2 million (£1.7 million) of Martinez’s fee will be split between his old clubs, Newell’s Old Boys and Defensa y Justicia, both based in Argentina, as part of the standard solidarity payments involved in international transfers.

Martinez offers brains, strength and versatility

Sky Sports’ features writer Nick Wright:

“Last season Martinez averaged more passes per 90 minutes than any other Eredivisie player, while only two players fired more passes per 90 minutes.

“Those numbers underline Martinez’s ability to play through the opposition lines, but he is also adept at switching games and choosing teammates over longer distances. Last season at Ajax there was no player who was more successful for long periods of time.” passes every 90 minutes.


Voted Ajax’s Player of the Year last season for his role in their Eredivisie title win last season, Martinez stands at just 1.80m, which makes him small for a central defender.

“Last season at Ajax, he made more headers (29) than any other player and won 79 of his 112 aerial duels, giving him a 71 percent success rate and putting him in second place, only ahead of Harry Maguire of Manchester United and Arsenal’s current players, central defenders.

“Martinez can of course expect more demanding opponents in the Premier League, but he is also helped by a good reading of the game. He is known for anticipating the striker’s runs and positioning himself cleverly to make tackles and interceptions. “

“Those qualities, combined with his versatility and technical prowess, make him all the more attractive to Premier League candidates.”

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