Could Lisandro Martinez solve Manchester United’s problems in defensive midfield?
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 07
Lisandro Martinez wants to move to England (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

are battling it out with to sign Lisandro Martinez and hope that the Argentine’s relationship with Erik ten Hag will help persuade the Ajax ace to move to Old Trafford.

The perceived wisdom is that the Dutchman wants Martinez to be the type of tenacious, ball-playing defender that United have lacked in recent years and the Argentine’s knowledge and know-how of Ten Hag’s system could prove invaluable to how he wants to play at Old Trafford.

But, while United’s defensive record left much to desire last term, they are still well stocked at centre-back and it’s perhaps surprising that Ten Hag is targeting another defender when there’s other areas of the squad that arguably need more urgent attention.

But previous comments from Ten Hag when Ajax signed Martinez in 2020 shows that the Dutchman wanted the Argentine to play defensive midfield in Amsterdam and that could suggest

Martinez signed for Ajax in 2020 (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

‘At the beginning of the (2019-20) season, we were looking for a brain for central midfield,’ Ten Hag said in an interview in 2020.

‘We knew Martinez had played there but could he do it in ’s system? We tried him there and we saw good things.’

Despite Ten Hag’s fondness of Martinez in midfield, he started just 15 times there in 70 league matches for Ajax.

That was in part down to Ajax’s strength in midfield but the speed in which Martinez took to playing in central defence in Amsterdam, which surprised Ten Hag.

United and Arsenal have both bid around £38m for the Argentine but Ajax want around £43m.

Martinez requested for the second time on Monday to leave Ajax and the club are now resigned to letting him go.

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