Man Utd transfer for Lisandro Martinez ‘only matter of time’ in blow to Arsenal’s hopes of landing Ajax defender

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MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly completing the “final paperwork” ahead of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez joining the club.

The 24-year-old Argentine international has been linked with a move to both the Red Devils and their Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Martinez is set to sign for Manchester United ahead of the 2022/23 season

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Martinez is set to sign for Manchester United ahead of the 2022/23 seasonCredit: Getty

Both English clubs are keen to bolster the heart of their defence this summer as they plot a return to the top four.

But it is Man Utd who appear to have finally come out on top in the race to sign Martinez – who is estimated to be valued at around £40million.

According to journalist Rudy Galetti, it is merely a “matter of time” until the deal is secured.

He also insists that the final paperwork still needs to be done but that the deal will be clinched “soon”.

Providing Martinez puts pen to paper, he will become Erik ten Hag’s second signing of the summer.

United have already welcomed 22-year-old left-back Tyrell Malacia to the club as he made the move from Feyenoord earlier this week.

And Martinez’s arrival would also spell a swift reunion with Ten Hag – who he played under while at Ajax.

Martinez has made 120 appearances for the Eredivise giants across three seasons.

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And in each of the last two campaigns he won the Dutch title under Ten Hag.

In that time he has also been capped seven times by the Argentina national team.

Meanwhile, Man Utd are keen to add to their list of centre-halves after a shocking Prem campaign saw them ship 57 goals.

Club captain Harry Maguire struggled for form throughout the campaign, while Raphael Varane’s arrival from Real Madrid failed to have the desired impact.

Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones all remain fringe players, so Ten Hag will be thrilled by the imminent purchase of Martinez.

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