Erik ten Hag’s revolution continues to take shape at Old Trafford…
Manchester United have completed the signing Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, with the Argentina international defender joining Old Trafford at the end of a protracted transfer saga. Erik ten Hag was quick to identify the 24-year-old as a top target after making his own move from Eredivisie champions to Premier League heavyweights this summer.
He’s got his man now and the Red Devils are beefing up their back line with a player who’s bound to impress in a new environment – especially with the 2022 World Cup looming.
How much will Man Utd pay for Martinez?
The Red Devils invest £46.5 million ($53 million) It’s worth trusting Martinez as another big-money centre-back has been added to their defensive ranks.
Ajax confirmed that the total value of the transfer could still increase £57 million ($68 million) once add-ons and other variables are taken into account.
How long is Martinez’s contract at Man Utd?
Martinez will reportedly commit to one five years contract in Manchester, with these conditions set to see him through the summer 2027.
What did Man Utd say about Martinez transfer?
United have released an official statement confirming they are now in an agreement with Ajax, which reads: “Manchester United are delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Ajax to transfer Argentina international defender Lisandro Martinez to the… Player has met conditions that are ongoing and UK visa requirements.”
Were other sites interested in Martinez?
United weren’t the only Premier League side to make a move for Martinez during the current transfer window with old opponents arsenal also looking for a deal in a phase.
However, the Gunners had a formal offer on the table GATE was able to confirm Emirates Stadium’s interest had waned after being unable to agree on a fee.
That cleared the way for the Red Devils to push through a deal, with former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar – who is now Ajax’s chief executive – reportedly helping broker a deal.
Will Martinez start for Man Utd?
The funds needed to get a transfer over the line for Martinez suggest he will be set up for a starting spot by Ten Hag.
However, United have a number of other international centre-backs and there are big decisions to be made in terms of rotation and potential departures.
It has been confirmed that Harry Maguire will retain the captaincy duties for 2022-23, meaning he should start many domestic and European games while Raphael Varane is world champion with France.
Victor Lindelof has played almost 200 games for United and remains a reliable option, while Ivorian star Eric Bailly is a popular figure among fans despite finding regular playing time lately.
Forget the height issues – Martinez is the ideal Ten Hag defender
Ten Hag has inherited no shortage of centre-backs at United but it’s a question as to whether they have the right profile to play his possession-based game and build up from behind.
Martinez is believed to be just that – and United’s new manager has no qualms about his short stature after watching him dominate with Ajax in the Netherlands.
The Argentina international also has good possession and will easily receive the ball under pressure in tight spaces.
As a left-sided centre-back, he will either cover for Harry Maguire or allow the United captain to move down the right flank where he is more comfortable.
Who else will Man Utd sign this summer?
Much of the focus in recent weeks has been on Cristiano Ronaldo and his desire to join a trophy-chasing rival.
However, United are working hard to get more body on board with the Barcelona midfielder Frenkie deJong who have been at the top of their summer shopping list for some time.
A deal to sign the Netherlands international from Barcelona is now in the offing and, like Martinez, he is another player Ten Hag knows well from his days at Ajax, alongside a host of other stars with ties to the Eredivisie giants , which the Dutch tactician has his eye on.
The Brazilian striker has been talked about Anthony Swapping Amsterdam for Manchester but Jurrien Timber seems destined to stay in the Netherlands.
As Ten Hag struggles to lure a right-back to Old Trafford, he has secured the signing Tyrell Malaciawith the highly-rated 22-year-old left-back making the move from Feyenoord.
Christian Ericsen has also completed his move with a free transfer from Brentford, while a backup goalkeeper could be called in following Dean Henderson’s move to Nottingham Forest.