Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez has met with Ajax to reiterate his desire to leave for the Premier League, with no bids accepted yet.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both seemingly pursuing a move for Lisandro Martinez this summer, and Charles Watts reports that the player met with current club Ajax on Monday to confirm his determination to leave for the Premier League.
As it stands, Ajax are yet to accept any bids. If both clubs see a bid accepted, Watts writes that the feeling is that Manchester United would have an advantage.
After all, ex-Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is in charge at United. But the door isn’t closed on Arsenal.
There are also no guarantees both clubs will agree a deal. If only one of them reach an agreement with Ajax, there’s no decision for Martinez to make.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal are ready to raise their £38m offer for Martinez this week.
Arsenal had already bid £38m when United swooped to offer the same amount – with a higher guaranteed fee upfront. Ajax value Martinez at £43m.
The Athletic also write that Arsenal are scheduled to meet Ajax this week, so presumably, that’s when they’ll place their new bid.
Personal terms aren’t expected to be an issue, though the interest from United obviously could be.
United are looking to bring Martinez in as a centre-back, whilst Arsenal are reportedly particularly interested in him as a left-back.