Man Utd close in on Martinez ahead of Arsenal and set to increase £42m bid

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to increase their offer for Ajax star Lisandro Martinez, according to reports.

Martinez is a key transfer target for Erik ten Hag with the Dutchman said to be “pressing” United to sign the defender.


Manchester United are closing in on Lisandro MartinezCredit: Getty

The Red Devils reportedly bid £42million for Martinez – a little shy of his £46m asking price.

But according to De Telegraaf United are set for further talks on Wednesday and will match his valuation.

Ajax have reportedly changed their stance on Martinez and are now willing to talk about a sale, having found a replacement.

The Dutch champions have their eye on Ukraine international Mykola Matvienko in a £12.5m move.

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Martinez is also believed to have told Ajax he wants to leave amid interest from United and Arsenal.

The Gunners made several bids for the Argentine with the highest thought to be in the region of £34m.

But that is someway short of Ajax’s valuation and that means the centre-back could be heading to Old Trafford instead.

That is a big boost for Ten Hag as he was keen for transfer chiefs to up their offers for Martinez and Antony.


But while a deal for Martinez appears close, Ajax are still holding out for £70m for Antony.

United’s highest bid for the Brazilian is £51m but Antony’s represensatives are said to be pushing for a move to Old Trafford.

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