Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with Ajax for defender Lisandro Martinez.
Sky Sports News understands the structure of the payments in the deal being discussed, with the defender wanting to join Erik Ten Hag’s team this summer.
United have previously stated that they will not pay too much for the Ajax player. Sky Sports News Earlier this month, Martinez revealed that Martinez had informed Dutch club Ajax of his desire to move to the Premier League.
Arsenal are also interested in the Argentina international and while the Gunners’ play – along with the prospect of playing for Mikel Arteta – appeal to Martinez, he seems to have opted for Old Trafford.
Sky Sports stars writer Nick Wright:
“Last season, Martinez averaged more passes per 90 minutes than any other Eredivisie player, while only two players made more passes per 90 minutes.
“Those numbers underline Martinez’s ability to dribble the ball past opponents, but he’s also very good at switching play and picking teammates from longer distances. At Ajax last season, there were no players. Which makes on average more successful long passes in 90 minutes.
Voted Ajax Player of the Year for his role in their Eredivisie title-winning feat last season, Martinez stands at just 5ft 9ins, making him small for a centre-back.
“Last season at Ajax, he made more headers (29) than any other player and won 79 of 112 challenges in the air, giving him a 71% success rate and second only to Harry Maguire of the current Manchester United and Arsenal. centre-back.
“Of course, Martinez can expect to face more precise opponents in the Premier League, but he is also helped by his ability to read the game well. He is famous for predicting the runs of the players. strikers and smart positioning to make tackles and interceptions.
“Those qualities, coupled with his versatility and technical prowess, make him all the more attractive to Premier League suitors.”
Man Utd comfortable about De Jong | Eriksen is making positive progress
Manchester United remain comfortable in their position regarding a potential deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, while the signing of Christian Eriksen is in ‘positive progress’.
United have an “extensive agreement” with Barcelona for the fee – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons.
Chief executive officer Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough continue to negotiate with Barca officials about the transfer, but the deal is problematic because De Jong has salary issues. It is thought he is owed £17m following a pay cut during the pandemic.
United continue to insist that the striker wants to leave Cristiano Ronaldo not for sale.
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