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Man United make improved £43m bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez - report

Man United have made an improved £43m offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to a report

Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)
Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)

Manchester United have made an improved £43m offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to a report in England.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Red Devils are eager to secure the signing of the Argentina international ahead of their Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The same article states that Manchester United have increased their offer from £38m to £43m to almost meet Ajax’s asking price for the 24-year-old.

According to the same story, Argentine defender Martinez has already requested that Ajax allow the him to leave the Amsterdam club in the summer transfer window.

The Daily Mail go on to reveal that Arsenal and Manchester United initially both launched identical £38.5m offers for the South American defender.

The media outlet explain that Manchester United have now increased their offer by £5m because Erik ten Hag is eager to wrap up a deal for a player that he knows extremely well.

The 20-time English champions are hoping their increased bid will help Manchester United to usurp Arsenal in the race to sign the South American defender.

Martinez made 23 top-flight appearances under Ten Hag at Ajax last season to help the Dutch club win the Eredivisie title for the second successive season.

The 5ft 9ins centre-half has been capped seven times by Argentina over the past four years since making his debut in 2019.

Born in Gualeguay, Argentina, Martinez has scored six times in 120 games in all competitions over the past three seasons at Ajax since his move from the Argentinian Premier Division.

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