Erik ten Hag revealed that Lisandro Martinez was close to joining Arsenal before his Manchester United move. The Argentina international joined the Red Devils from Ajax during the summer transfer window of 2022.
He has impressed with his performances for the Red Devils this season. The 24-year-old defender has played 14 Premier League games for the Manchester outfit so far, registering 1.9 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, and 4.3 clearances per 90. Lisandro Martinez also played a key role in Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2022 triumph.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag revealed that Lisandro Martinez was close to joining Premier League rivals Arsenal. But the Argentina international made a call to Ten Hag offering himself to the Manchester outfit.
Speaking to the media, Erik Teg Hag said(h/t Fabrizio Romano): “Martínez wanted to leave Ajax. If we didn’t take him, he would have gone to Arsenal. “
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“At one point, Lisandro Martínez called me up and said: ‘Coach, listen, I will leave Ajax no matter what. I can sign for Arsenal, but if you want me, I will go to Manchester United.”
Lisandro Martinez worked under Erik ten Hag at Ajax for three seasons between 2019 and 2022. The duo helped the Jews win two Eredivisie titles, one KNVB Cup, and one Johan Cruyff Shield. Erik ten Hag also took charge at Old Trafford at the start of the current season.
Two Premier League clubs interested in signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka
According to talkSPORT, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Manchester United misfit Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They are likely to make an approach to lure him during the winter window.
The England international joined the Red Devils from Crystal Palace in the summer window of 2019. He has played 127 games (in all competitions) for the Red Devils so far, registering two goals and 10 assists.
Wan-Bissaka helped the Manchester outfit reach the final of the UEFA Europa League 2020-21 and was included in the tournaments Team of the Season for his performances.
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However, the 29-year-old has struggled for game time since the arrival of Erik ten Hag, who prefers Diogo Dalot in his starting line-up. The England international is yet to start a Premier League game this season. Wan-Bissaka could leave Old Trafford for regular game time during the winter window.