Manchester United agree deal to sign Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez

Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam have negotiated a price of 57.37 million euros (US$57.87 million) for defender Lisandro Martinez, plus 10 million euros in possible add-ons, both clubs said on Sunday.

The transaction is subject to a medical check and visa approval, with completion anticipated in the following days.

The contract duration was not disclosed, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters that Martinez will sign a five-year deal with the Premier League side, with a 12-month extension option.

Following the additions of Dutch left defender Tyrell Malacia and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, the 24-year-old will be boss Erik ten Hag’s third acquisition.

Ten Hag coached Martinez for three seasons at Ajax after he joined the Netherlands in May 2019 from Argentine club Defensa y Justicia. Martinez appeared in 118 games for the Dutch club.

After struggling at the defense last season, United saw a new defender as a necessity. Last season, they surrendered 57 goals, the highest in the Premier League’s top six and 31 more than winners Manchester City.

Martinez will be unable to join his United teammates on their pre-season tour in Australia because the transaction was completed too late.

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