Two days ago, De Telegraaf reported Manchester United have made an offer of €41m plus €4m in variables for Ajax’s Lisandro Martínez.
This claim is again relayed in today’s edition of the Dutch newspaper, and they also provide more information on this case.
According to De Telegraaf, the 24-year-old has set his sights on leaving the club in the ongoing window. The Red Devils are accelerating their efforts, and want to sign the player quickly.
The Eredivisie winners had no plans to let the Argentina international leave, but are now ‘willing to cooperate’, as long as the price is right. They want at least €50m for the player.
Ajax softening their stance on Martínez is ‘apparent’ as their chiefs, Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, held talks with United in London on Saturday.
The report doesn’t make it clear whether the Amsterdam club will accept United’s €45m proposal or if the latter will make an improved offer. Either way, United want the deal sealed ‘before Friday’ so that he can join the club’s pre-season tour.
Another Dutch newspaper, Algemeen Dagblad, explains the possibility of the Amsterdam club losing Martínez is increasing, especially with Ten Hag looking to reunite with him at Old Trafford.
AD also explain the English club’s first offer includes €41m fixed fee plus €4m in add-ons. Ajax, for now, are ‘not planning to give in [quickly]’ on the Argentine.
With Manchester United keen to close the deal this week and the player wanting a move, it remains to be seen how long Ajax can hold on to Martínez.