Manchester United and Arsenal have been after Lisandro Martinez for quite some time and the latest reports are positive for the Old Trafford faithful.
According to The Mirror, Man Utd are ready to sign the Argentine international from Ajax in a deal worth £40million.
The renowned British news source claim that the Dutch side’s chief negotiator, Huntelaar’s presence in the UK at the weekend suggests that a deal is close.
It is further stated that all parties involved feel that the 24-year-old central defender will complete his move to Man United before the Premier League side jets for the pre-season tour on 8th July.
Arsenal have already improved their squad by luring the likes of Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus but it seems that they will end up losing the race to sign Martinez.
Both United and the Gunners cannot offer Champions League football but the presence of Ten Hag has perhaps placed the Red Devils in a prime position to get the signing done.
Last term, the South American was highly impressive for Ajax in their title-winning campaign under the 52-year-old coach.
The La Albiceleste center-back started 23 games in the league for the Dutch giants and helped them keep 17 clean sheets (conceded just 7 goals).
The Johan Cruijff ArenA outfit have been the best team in the Netherlands for a long time and therefore, performing for them does not guarantee that Martinez will immediately make an impact for the Man Utd side, who were poor at the back last season.
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