Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan has claimed that Manchester United could face a ‘crucial’ couple of days in their attempts to sign Lisandro Martinez.
The Athletic has reported that the Red Devils are in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Ajax over the player, with the potential of a reunion with his former boss thought to be appealing to the Argentinian.
However, Arsenal also hold a strong interest in the 24-year-old and have had multiple bids knocked back by the Amsterdam club. It is also thought that personal terms wouldn’t be a problem for the north Londoners and the future of the versatile defender remains very much clouded.
According to The Mirror, Ten Hag’s former employers value him at £43m, but the Old Trafford outfit are prepared to offer £35.3m with a further £4.3m in add-ons – and with Martinez pushing for a move to England, it could make negotiations easier.
Now, Van der Kraan is expecting the player to ‘sit down’ with his representatives to figure out where best to pledge his future.
Speaking to TalkSport on Sunday, he said: “We do understand that in the next 48 hours, there could be some crucial talks also from his end with his agent.
“He needs to sit down, needs to clarify his future with his agent as well, what does he want?
“What happens if Man United do not offer enough and Arsenal do, or what if Arsenal pull out of the race, is he really happy to go there? Because initially, he thought he was going to Arsenal because Man United had not been involved in the bidding process.”
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Talks over a deal to bring Frenkie de Jong are still ongoing and the arrival of Martinez would add some much-needed depth and bite to the midfield as well as the heart of the defence for United.