Everything Agreed: Man Utd Set To Sign 24-Year-Old Star Ahead Of Premier League Rivals

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during training.

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Man Utd have beaten off competition from Arsenal to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

United chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough met with Ajax’s officials, including club legend Edwin van der Sar, this week to persuade the Dutch champions to sell their last season’s player of the year. Before their trip to Amsterdam, the duo also travelled to Barcelona to agree on a deal for Frenkie de Jong.

According to The Athletic, everything is now agreed for Martinez to move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils already have an agreement in place on personal terms with the 24-year-old, who rejected Arsenal’s approach to reunite with Erik ten Hag. The left-footed centre-back has been preferred ahead of Pau Torres to bolster the club’s defensive options.

The Argentina international is one of the best ball-playing defenders in Europe and has also played as a defensive midfielder for his club and country but for now it’s understood he’s being brought in to challenge Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane for the starting spot.

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, saw the versatile star as an inverted left-back, and is now targeting Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko for the same role.

United are now working on completing and announcing the transfer and there’s hope he can join Ten Hag’s squad on their pre-season tour in Australia.