Manchester United have been linked with virtually every eligible player this transfer season. Of course, with the Red Devils, this is often the case and Erik ten Hag’s appetite for a rebuild makes it more likely to be true than not.
Despite all that, the Premier League giants only have one confirmed arrival to brag about headed into pre-season and a whole list of individuals still struck in the seemingly eternal limbo of contract negotiations.
In the midst of these, one may begin to show a glimmer of hope for the United faithful at last.
According to an exclusive by Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United have agreed on personal terms with Lisandro Martinez. This is a big update given that the side has been linked to the Argentine centre-back for a while now, exciting a good chunk of the fan base.
The need to sign an adequate centre-back became more than apparent last campaign when United’s leaky backline was the woe of their goal difference and miserable performances in the Premier League.
As such, the tactically outlier stature of the 24-year-old makes him an incredibly promising figure.
As per Romano, executives of the club were present in Amsterdam to “seal the deal” for the player. Interestingly, Ajax had rejected a €50 million bid including add-ons just last week. However, the club is now understood to be open to the sale and thus ready for business.
Given this development, it will be interesting to see how much higher that price-tag creeps before the transfer becomes official. United famously broke the bank for Harry Maguire in the past in a deal which was later criticized heavily as Leicester City had given the impression of bullying the financially superior giants into shelling out an inflated transfer fee.
Will a repeat of the same happen this time around too?