Manchester United hope to finalise a deal for Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez today with a delegation of officials set to meet with Dutch giants, Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar today for ‘final talks’.
The Dutch heavyweights have turned down three bids from the Red Devils for Martinez, with Ajax demanding around £46m.
Martinez is keen on to join the 20-times English champions and he’s pleaded with his team to accept an offer in the last week by making it clear that he’s prepared to go on forward to force through a move.
Ajax had hoped to spark a bidding war with the Gunners, who had also submitted two bids for the South American defender.
However, according to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Ajax now accept Lisandro Martinez’s future at the team is over and they’re prepared to sell.
The Red Devils last offer of around £43m was just £3m short of Ajax’s price tag for the player and the 20-times English champions are believed to be ready to meet the asking price of around £46m.
That fee satisfies both parties, with Erik ten Hag desperate for Martinez at Old Trafford.
The left-footed Argentine has mostly played at centre-back for Ajax, but he’s adept at left-back and defensive midfield.