When Erik ten Hag left Ajax to affix Manchester United, the Dutch side were at all times going to expect a raid from their former boss. After initially expressing interest in Jurrien Timber, Ten Hag is now selecting between Lisandro Martinez and Antony with a move for each stars off the table.
Ten Hag would like to sign Martinez this summer over a move for Antony, in response to The Telegraph.
United have been chasing each stars already during this transfer window, with bids reportedly being rejected for each stars by Ajax already. With their valuation high, it isn’t possible for United to sign each players, meaning that Ten Hag would like to bring Martinez to Old Trafford this summer.
Ajax have quoted United £68million for Antony, which is £17m greater than the reported offer that the Red Devils have already tabled for the Brazilian. But United’s focus stays on beating Arsenal to the signing of Martinez, as defensive reinforcements are being prioritised while hijacking a rival is an added bonus.
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United face a battle with Arsenal for his signature, with the Gunners also trying to strengthen in defence. Despite the undeniable fact that Martinez is somewhat on the small side for a centre-back, his versatility and potential is overriding any doubts as each Mikel Arteta and Ten Hag see him as a useful asset.
Arsenal’s summer window has already been considerably higher than United’s, with the Red Devils making just the one signing in Tyrell Malacia, while letting 11 first team stars leave. Signing Martinez or Antony will surely be start, but there may be an awful lot of labor to do for Ten Hag.