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Manchester United report: Red Devils outbid Arsenal in race for Argentina defender

Lisandro Martinez
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Manchester United have reportedly made a £37 million bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, and the Red Devils appear likely to beat Arsenal to the Argentinian’s signature.

It has been a slow start to the summer transfer window for Erik ten Hag’s side, but they are now making progress with several targets.

Reports on Saturday said that a deal for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia could be completed over the weekend (opens in new tab), and Martinez could soon follow.

Tyrell Malacia

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The Manchester Evening News (opens in new tab) writes that a €43m (£37m) bid has been submitted to Ajax for the centre-back. 

Arsenal were also interested and had two bids rejected, which encouraged United to make a move.

Villarreal defender Pau Torres and Braga’s David Carmo are also on United’s defensive shortlist.

Pau Torres

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According to the Athletic (opens in new tab), United and Ajax are in “advanced negotiations” for Martinez.

They say the 24-year-old would prefer to join up with his former coach Ten Hag at Old Trafford than move to Arsenal.

But the Argentina international hasn’t made a decision yet, as he’s still away on holiday and is awaiting news from his current employers.

Ten Hag’s players returned for pre-season training this week, but there are still no new signings in the door at Old Trafford.

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New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been speaking to the press as he takes control of the Red Devils. The 52-year-old has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo remains a part of his plans heading into next season, while suggesting that he may need patience to transform Old Trafford in his image

There could be plenty of incomings: Frenkie de Jong remains a key target at £67.5m, while Raphinha of Leeds is on the radarJurrien Timber is one name heavily linked, while United are long-term admirers of Lazio man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

One slightly leftfield potential buy would be Christian Eriksen from Brentford, who is out of contract following the end of the season.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.