Manchester United managed Erik ten Hag is reportedly becoming increasingly confident of beating Arsenal in securing the services of Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez.

The 24-year-old defender was a vital player for his Dutch team last campaign, founding back of the net once and providing four assists in 36 games in all competitions.

Martinez is widely expected to depart from Ajax this summer, with the Argentine defender believed to be determined to secure a switch to the English top-tier; Arsenal continue to be heavily rumoured with the centre-back, while Man United are also firmly in the hunt for his signature.

The Red Devils are believed to have recently plotted a £39.6m bid for Martinez.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 24-year-old defenders representatives have made it clear to the Ajax chiefs that he only wants to move to the Premier League this summer.

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan recently said: “Martinez is very high on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, so I expect big developments in the 24 or 48 hours,” he told De Telegraaf. “Martinez will also have his hopes pinned on United, who are an absolute top club for him.


“Ajax will really cash out for Martinez and go to €45m (£38.7m)-€50m (£43m), but that is the advantage if two clubs bid, as we saw with Lyon and Manchester United, then it suddenly goes higher.”

Martinez has made 120 appearances for Ajax since arriving in Amsterdam from Defensa y Justicia back in 2019.