Manchester United-linked defender Lisandro Martinez was spotted on a private jet ahead of his transfer from Ajax. Martinez is set to become Erik ten Hag’s third signing this summer as the Dutchman’s preparations for the new Premier League season finally start to take shape.
United have finally reached a £45m deal with Ajax following a lengthy negotiation process. The Dutch initially stood firm and insisted their best players would not join Ten Hag at Old Trafford, but have now reneged on their position.
Martinez was a key player under Ten Hag as Ajax won the Eredivisie last season but injuries hampered his progress towards the end of the campaign. The 24-year-old has always been linked with United and Ten Hag now has his main defensive focus.
The Argentine was pictured alongside his agent on a private jet apparently headed for Manchester, where he is expected to undergo a medical and sign his contract. An Instagram post from the @crbragarnick account posted the photo with the caption “Rumbro a Manchester” which roughly translates to “Course to Manchester”. From Telegraaf claim that a medical examination will take place on Saturday.
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Martinez will join Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia in arriving at United this summer. It had initially been a frustrating transfer window for Ten Hag and the hierarchy at Old Trafford, but their plans are finally coming to fruition.
Ten Hag was keen to bolster a defense that conceded 57 goals last season. New left-back Malacia will compete with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, while Martinez will play at centre-back alongside either Harry Maguire or Raphael Varane.
Maguire missed United’s first two pre-season friendlies through minor injury, giving Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly a chance to prove their worth at Ten Hag. The 52-year-old has overseen a few successful games so far, with his side scoring eight goals in games against Liverpool and Melbourne Victory.
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United crushed Premier League rivals Liverpool 4-0 in Bangkok earlier this week. On Friday, a 4-1 win over Melbourne capped off a strong start for Ten Hag.
But it has been reported that Martinez and fellow countryman Eriksen will not join their new teammates for the remainder of their Australian tour. The pair will instead stay at home while United take on Crystal Palace and Aston Villa below.
They could instead make their debut against Atletico Madrid in Oslo or when Ten Hag bows at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano at the end of the month. United begin their Premier League campaign against Brighton on August 7.