Romano says Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to leave

Fabrizio Romano says Manchester United transfer target Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to leave.

While stopping short of saying he has handed in a written transfer request, Romano says Martinez has been ‘very clear’ with Ajax that he wishes to quit and move to the Premier League.

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants Martinez as a ‘priority’. United are scheduled to fly out on pre-season tour on Friday.

Martinez could follow two players into Manchester United, with announcements expected for both Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen.

The Athletic reported Eriksen has told United he intends to sign, while Malacia has undergone a medical and could be the first confirmed signing.

A report from the Mirror claims United are confident a deal for Martinez can be struck, after positive talks over the weekend, although Arsenal continue to show interest too.

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A separate report from The Mirror over the weekend claimed United have submitted an offer of £39.6 million for the centre-back.

All indications appear to be pointing in a positive direction for this deal, and Martinez’s desire to leave Ajax is certainly positive.

Ajax yesterday agreed a £26 million deal to sign winger Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham, Eurosport reported, and selling Martinez will keep their summer transfer business in profit.

What else you need to know

Left-footer: Martinez is a left-footed defender, which could offer United extra balance at the back.

Ajax’s bargain: Ajax paid just £6.3 million to sign Martinez. Now they could sell him for four times the price.

No reds: Despite his ‘butcher of Amsterdam’ nickname, Martinez plays hard but fair. He has never been sent off for Ajax.

Vacant number: Martinez wears the number 21 shirt for Ajax, a number which is currently vacant at Manchester United.

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