Fabrizio Romano gives update on Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United

Fabrizio Romano says Manchester United are ‘planning to push again’ to try and get the Lisandro Martinez deal done.

The Ajax centre-back is a ‘priority target’ for new manager Erik ten Hag, who signed him for Ajax as a replacement for Matthijs de Ligt.

Romano says Manchester United have ‘no intention to give up’ in the pursuit of Martinez.

Martinez, 24, is looking for a new challenge and would be well suited to the physical style of the Premier League.

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Despite standing at just 5ft9, Martinez won more aerial duels per game than Harry Maguire last season, and is very strong in possession and playing out from the back.

The defender could be crucial to Erik ten Hag establishing his playing style, and his arrival would increase competition at the back and put some big names on edge.

This is very much needed after United conceded 58 league goals last season, the club’s worst record for more than 40 years.

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The Mirror reported United bid £40 million for Martinez and held talks with Ajax last weekend, but have not since been able to progress a deal.

The club would have liked to get a deal done by now ideally, with the first team squad flying out for pre-season on Friday. If a deal is struck, Martinez would join the second leg of the tour in Australia.

The Argentine international has not yet returned to training with Ajax after the summer break.

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