Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that he thinks Lisandro Martinez will eventually sign for Manchester United this summer transfer window.
Claims in Dutch outlet De Telegraaf (via Metro) have stated that Ajax are demanding £52m for the versatile Argentinian defender as negotiations continue.
Martinez suffered an injury last season which meant that he missed periods of the campaign, but he still ended up making 37 appearances in all competitions whilst scoring one goal and registering four assists.
The 24-year-old joined Ajax in 2019, and has shown his versatility in the side since, making 120 appearances for the Dutch side, featuring primarily at centre-back, but also making 22 appearances in a central midfield role (as per Transfermarkt).
With United being heavily linked with Martinez, Crook spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed he expects a ‘breakthrough’ in this transfer this week and he believes that a deal will eventually happen.
He said: “I think there’ll be a breakthrough with Martínez this week.
“He’s really pushing it on his side, they’re not too far away financially, so I think that will happen.”
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Erik ten Hag was appointed as Manchester United manager at the back end of last season, but he has only signed one new player so far this summer in left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, and he is evidently looking to stick with players that he has either worked with or come up against regularly, as Martinez could be his second signing of the window.
United conceded the second-most amount of goals (57) out of all the sides in the top 10 last season, and with Ten Hag knowing Martinez from their time at Ajax together, he will be hoping that he can make an instant impact on the defence for next season.