Manchester United and Arsenal have once again been given a glimmer of hope in the signing of Lisandro Martinez.
The two Premier League clubs have been chasing the defender for some time now but Ajax have been reluctant to part ways with him this summer.
However, Lisandro Martinez has made it very clear that he wishes to move to the Premier League which is why Ajax are now ready to listen to offers.
While Arsenal still remain in the hunt but right now Manchester United are the frontrunners in this transfer race and according to Fabrizio Romano, United are confident a deal can be agreed on really soon.
He wrote: “Manchester United are now feeling confident on Lisandro Martínez deal. Ajax are open to discuss on the fee, new contacts expected very soon after bid rejected last week.
“Lisandro, pushing again with Ajax to leave the club this summer.”
Manchester United are now feeling confident on Lisandro Martínez deal. Ajax are open to discuss on the fee, new contacts expected very soon after bid rejected last week. 🚨🔴 #MUFC
Lisandro, pushing again with Ajax to leave the club this summer.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2022
Can Arsenal beat Man United to the signing of Lisandro Martinez?
Ajax has finally understood they won’t be able to hold onto the defender which is probably why they are now willing to listen to offers.
It’s being claimed that the Eredivisie side are looking at Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matvienko as the possible replacement and they have already held a meeting with his agent.
This is great news for the two interested clubs but we highly doubt if Arsenal will be able to get anywhere near the 24-year-old.
Yes, he wants to move to the Premier League at any cost but one of the principal reasons for him trying to do so is to be reunited with Erik ten Hag.
He shares a great relationship with the new Man United and since the Red Devils are so eager to bring him on board, there’s no way the defender will choose Arsenal over them.
Arsenal can try and outbid Manchester United in this race but Ten Hag’s side are ready to spend the big bucks as well.