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Report: Arsenal have made first move to sign very aggressive centre-back, he's been nicknamed the 'butcher'

Arsenal have enquired about Lisandro Martinez of Ajax as they look to see if they can bolster their backline this summer.

The Athletic report that with William Saliba coming back from loan, the club could well have enough to go into next season at the back.

But they will add another defender to Mikel Arteta’s ranks if a good opportunity comes up and they have asked about Martinez.

Martinez is a left-footer, which makes him more appealing to Arsenal and could offer more balance at the back.

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Arsenal enquire about Lisandro Martinez

Martinez’s former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has taken over at Manchester United and has been linked with a swoop for the 24-year-old.

That could lead to an intriguing transfer battle between the two clubs if they did firm up their interest.

That said, they both seem to have other targets who are a priority at this stage, with other positions of the pitch needing sorting more urgently.

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Arsenal are closing in on Gabriel Jesus after months of talks to be their new frontline striker.

And they have also sorted a deal for midfielder Fabio Vieira, who should add creativity and flair to the club’s options.

Martinez is a very different type of player, having been nicknamed the ‘butcher‘ because of his aggressive style of play, although he has never picked up a red card for Ajax.

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