Lisandro Martinez is 'a real improvement' on Harry Maguire

Manchester United are pursuing Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez, with the Red Devils submitting a £40 million offer, report The Mirror.

The Argentine was Ajax’s player of the year last season, leading a defence which conceded only 19 goals in 34 league matches.

Fabrizio Romano reports Martinez has told Ajax he wants to leave, and the Dutch club’s chances of keeping him don’t look good.

Martinez’s future was discussed on Voetball Primeur’s Done Deal podcast, presented by Emile van de Sande, and he has been backed to improve United’s current options.

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Martinez is ‘a real improvement’

The podcast heard: “He is super important for Ajax, let that be clear. In the Champions League he has shown that he is worth it.

“The amount is not normal, but United will of course just put that down. They paid almost double for Harry Maguire, so they will think with Martínez: let’s just do it. He is also a real improvement compared to Maguire.”

The perception that United will pay any amount for the players they want, is one the Red Devils are trying to change.

This is partly why negotiations for Frenkie de Jong have dragged on so long, and it is a repercussion of the Ed Woodward era.

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The Harry Maguire deal was damaging for United in this regard, because it showed how desperate United were to sign their top targets, paying way over the odds.

Ajax are understandably keen to drive a hard bargain. Their squad is being targeted this summer as clubs eye up their best players.

GOAL report United have also had a £51 million bid turned down for Antony, with Ajax looking for closer to £70 million.

The key aspect to both deals is that Martinez and Antony are keen to move, and this eventually could work in United’s favour.

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