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Manchester United submit £39m opening bid for Lisandro Martinez, with Ajax defender keen to reunite Erik ten Hag amid rival interest from Arsenal


Manchester United have made an opening bid of £39million for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to talkSPORT.

Premier League rivals Arsenal are also interested in the versatile Argentine, but the 24-year-old is believed to be keen to reunite with former manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

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Martinez and Ten Hag worked together at Ajax

Arsenal have already made two offers for Martinez and are awaiting a response from the Dutch club after they tabled a second offer worth £35million.

The defender has made over 100 appearances for Eredivise champions Ajax, showing his versatility playing in four different positions since joining them from Defensa y Justicia in 2019.

He mainly played as a centre-back last season when he was just 5ft 9in tall, but can also play left-back, right-back and as a defensive midfielder.

New United boss Ten Hag has worked with him during his time in the Netherlands and is one of several Ajax stars linked with a move to join him in Manchester.

The duo have won back-to-back titles and the Dutch boss is said to be huge admirers.

Ten Hag highlighted his ability to play in various positions when it was reported that left-back Nicolas Tagliafico nearly left Ajax two years ago.

Manchester United submit £39m opening bid for Lisandro Martinez, with Ajax defender keen to reunite Erik ten Hag amid rival interest from Arsenal

Arsenal are also interested in the Argentinian


The new United boss said: “In preparation, I will try Lisandro Martínez for this position. He also played in midfield for us, but he is a defender.

“I find Lisandro Martinez an excellent player, he actually starts and that’s why I talk to him a lot,” he added.

“But he has a lot of competition with Daley Blind, Tagliafico and [Ryan] Graveberg. I can only start 11 players.

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