Ajax told it is ‘almost a crime’ if they don’t accept Arsenal bid for Man Utd target

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Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez celebrates Credit: PA Images
Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez celebrates Credit: PA Images

A journalist has told Ajax that it is “almost a crime” if they don’t sell Lisandro Martinez to Arsenal after their latest offer.

The Argentina international is the subject of interest from the Gunners and Manchester United with speculation that both clubs want to bring him to the Premier League this sumemr.

A report yesterday insisted that Arsenal have made a new bid of €40m (£34m) including add-ons for Martinez after their initial offer of €25m (£21m) was rejected a couple of weeks ago.

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And now Dutch journalist Martijn Krabbendam claims Ajax would have to sell to Arsenal ‘immediately’ if the Premier League club reached an offer of €50m (£43m) for Martinez’s services.

“Martinez is not someone of whom you think: he is indispensable ” Krabbendam told Voetbal Primeur (via Sport Witness).

“Forty to fifty million they want. Fifty million for Martínez, that’s almost a crime if you don’t do it, isn’t it?

“You have an illustrious youth academy; then you get one out of it. Forty to fifty million euros: you have to do that immediately.”

Speaking last week, The Athletic journalist David Ornstein insisted that Arsenal was a more likely destination for Martinez than Manchester United.

“Lisandro Martinez is a firm target for Arsenal for the left centre-back role and he can also operate at left-back in the mind of Arsenal,” Ornstein told HaytersTV.

“He’s a player that Mikel Arteta wants to sign. Arsenal have had an approach worth around €30m rejected by Ajax, that interest will not drop.

“The question is who else is interested in him? Of course, he’s played for Erik ten Hag in the past, and there are reports Erik ten Hag would like to bring him to United now.

“The problem is that Manchester United are focusing on Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen, there may also be concerns if Lisandro Martinez is tall enough for the left centre-back role because I don’t know of Manchester United looking to do what Arsenal would like, which is to use him at left-back as well.

“As things stand, I think Arsenal is the most probable destination for Lisandro Martinez, who is said to be keen on a move but this could have twists and turns with a number of clubs admiring such a good player.”

 

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