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Man utd completes Martinez deal

Manchester United have completed the signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, with the Argentina international defender making his way to Old Trafford at the end of a protracted transfer saga. 

The deal is believed to be worth £46.5 million ($53m) for the Argentinian, with another big-money centre-half being added to their defensive ranks.

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Martinez will reportedly commit to a five-yearcontract in Manchester, with those terms set to take him through to the summer of 2027.

Club statement reads: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Argentine international defender Lisandro Martinez, subject to medical, to player terms being finalised, and to UK visa requirements.”

Erik ten Hag quickly identified the 24-year-old as a top target after making his own move from the Eredivisie champions to the Premier League heavyweights this summer.

Martinez played under new United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax and won the Eredivisie title with the club in 2021 and 2022, as well as the Dutch Cup in 2021.

He was also Ajax’s player of the year for the 2021-22 season.

He made 120 appearances for Ajax after moving from Argentinian side Defensa y Justicia for £6.3m in 2019, and also played for Newell’s Old Boys.

Martinez has won seven caps for Argentina since making his senior debut in March 2019.

He becomes United’s third summer signing after Tyrell Malacia joined from Feyenoord and Christian Eriksen moved on a free transfer.

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Martinez is seen as precisely a ball playing centre back– and United’s new manager has no concerns about his short stature, having seen him dominate in the Netherlands with Ajax. 

The Argentina international is also good in possession and will be comfortable taking the ball in tight spaces when under pressure. 

As a left-sided centre-back, he will either provide cover for Harry Maguire, or allow the United captain to move over the right, where he is more comfortable.

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