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Lisandro Martinez to be reunited with Ten Hag at Man Utd

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Lisandro Martinez is set to become Erik ten Hag’s third major signing at Manchester United after a deal was agreed on Sunday.

The versatile 24-year-old will follow his former Ajax coach to Old Trafford in a deal that will reportedly cost United €57million (£48million), potentially rising to €67million (£56.5million) with add-ons.

Martinez emerges as a primary target for United after Ten Hag’s confirmation in April.

Arsenal was among clubs rivalling United for the Argentina international.

But Ten Hag’s presence seemingly played a meaningful role.

Martinez is primarily a centre-back but also fills in at left-back and defensive midfield.

His well-roundedness and ability on the ball make him an attractive option to many potential suitors.

He joined Ajax ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

And won two Eredivisie titles during his time in Amsterdam, including last season.

Ajax was reportedly reluctant to sell Martinez.

But United made a breakthrough and completed the deal.

United said in a statement:

“Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has agreed with Ajax to transfer Argentine international defender Lisandro Martinez, subject to medical, player terms being finalised, and UK visa requirements.”

Martinez will join United amid a rebuild, having recorded their worst Premier League points total (58) last season.

They have already recruited left-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and Christian Eriksen on a free transfer.

The 2021-22 season was also the first league campaign in over 30 years that United did not end with a positive goal difference.

Ten Hag trusts with overseeing an improvement, and for many, that means establishing a playing identity.

The Dutchman’s Ajax team were one of the most entertaining sides in Europe.

As they played an attacking brand of football based on possession retention.

And Martinez – as a ball-playing centre-back – is seen as a potentially vital acquisition in Ten Hag’s quest to make United more comfortable on the ball.

Lisandro Martinez’s arrival could be bad news for the United captain, Harry Maguire.

The England international will retain the captaincy, as confirmed by Ten Hag.

But the signing of Martinez increases the competition in Maguire’s defence area.

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