The Reds are attempting to take Arsenal out of contention for the Argentine international. The Red Devils have offered better transfer fees than the Gunners. United has agreed to pay £35.3 million upfront along with an additional £4.3 million in add-ons, all of which are guaranteed.
After having their £34 million deal rejected, the Gunners are considering their alternatives. Martinez, though, is the player who will give his club some steel, according to new United manager Erik ten Hag.
And now, after negotiating with Barcelona for weeks over the parameters of a £70 million deal for Frenkie de Jong, the Old Trafford club has taken firm action.
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Prior to departing for their preseason tour of Australia and Thailand the following week, United want to provide Ten Hag with as many fresh additions as they can. They have already submitted a £13 million bid for Feyenoord full-back Tyrell Malacia.
After Ten Hag left to become the manager of Manchester United, Ajax decided not to sell Martinez. They had thought that their asking price would deter prospective buyers.
However, United has made its bid. It appears the 24-year-old will be joining his former mentor at Old Trafford. However, this might change if Arsenal makes a counteroffer to start a real bidding war.
Martinez wants United move
Martinez has expressed his desire to be permitted to relocate to England and join United. He feels that moving to Premier League is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Despite being only 5 feet 9 inches tall, Martinez is a fierce opponent. Ten Hag thinks he’ll improve a team that didn’t perform well in the previous season.
Why Erik Ten Hag wants Martinez?
The Argentinian was the star performer for the Dutch manager. He won the Player of the year for them last season.
The former Ajax manager loves the versatility of the player. He can play left-back and central defensive midfielder as well. United is in need of a centre-back after a disastrous season last time out.
Martinez’s versatility means that the Red Devils can deploy different formations throughout the season and even within the game. This will definitely surprise their opponents and keep them guessing.