Report: Arsenal now 'determined' to fend off Manchester United in bid to sign 'excellent' title-winning ace
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are determined to fend off interest from Manchester United and others in their bid to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
The Gunners are among the clubs trying to sign Martinez and it’s been claimed that a bid has gone in from the Gunners as they look to further add to their ranks. The club have already signed a number of new players this summer, with Gabriel Jesus set to complete his move to The Emirates this week.
Raphinha could also follow from Leeds, while Arsenal remain keen on signing Martinez from Ajax. And the Mirror has added to those reports today by claiming Arsenal are determined to fight off the likes of Manchester United to sign the defender.
Lauded as an ‘excellent‘ player by new United boss Erik ten Hag, Martinez has been one of a number of Ajax players to really make a mark in Europe in the last two seasons. Because of that, Ajax are thought to be holding out for closer to £50m before they agree to sell him.
Arsenal are said to have made a bid and are ready to keep pushing after spending two months trying to piece together a deal. Whether or not they go to £50m, however, remains to be seen.
TBR’s View: Arsenal Will Send Statement If They Get Lisandro
If Arsenal can manage to sign the attacking players they want and then go ahead and beat Man United to signing Martinez, it will be a huge message of intent.
Arsenal fans have been asking the Kroenke’s to open the chequebook for some time and in the last two summers, they’ve done just that.
Martinez could be the final piece in the jigsaw and from there, the pressure will be on Mikel Arteta. He’s been given all the tools, and will now have to deliver Champions League football or pay the price.
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