Manchester United are preparing to compete with Arsenal for the signing of Lisandro Martinez, as the Gunners remain short of Ajax’s valuation.

Ajax' Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez (C) runs with the ball during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between Willem II and Ajax at the Koning Willem II stadium in Tilburg, southern Netherlands, on February 19, 2022. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
Ajax Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez (C) runs with the ball during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between Willem II and Ajax at the Koning Willem II stadium in Tilburg, southern Netherlands, on February 19, 2022. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Reports suggest Arsenal submitted their second bid of £34-35m for Lisandro Martinez this week, but they’re set to face competition for the signing from Manchester United.

The Times claim that after completing a deal for Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord, United will turn their attention to Martinez next. The same outlet adds that Arsenal are still short of the defender’s valuation.

Gunnerblog reports that there’s no clarity on Ajax’s response to Arsenal’s latest bid, but repeats that it does fall short of their valuation.

The Mirror claim Arsenal have been working on a move for a couple of months now, and they believe Martinez will eventually be allowed to leave.

The player himself is understood to be keen on a move and awaiting news of his club’s response. At this point, it’s mostly a question of where he ends up.

PAMPLONA, SPAIN: Lisandro Martinez of Argentina looks on during the international friendly match between Argentina and Estonia at Estadio El Sadar on June 05, 2022. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
PAMPLONA, SPAIN: Lisandro Martinez of Argentina looks on during the international friendly match between Argentina and Estonia at Estadio El Sadar on June 05, 2022. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans will be feeling a bit tetchy about this situation at the moment, having watched their club go from being favourites for Raphinha to likely missing out on him to Chelsea.

Losing out on Martinez to Manchester United would not help matters.

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