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Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes that Harry Maguire could also be “concerned” over the possible arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. The Argentine defender is ready to go away Ajax this summer, and a possible reunion might be on the cards with United boss Erik ten Hag but his signing could spell danger for club captain Maguire.

Each the Red Devils and Arsenal are focused on Martinez, who can play at centre-back but in addition left-back and in midfield, while Sharpe has claimed that Maguire might be apprehensive that one other defender could also be on his strategy to Old Trafford. “If I used to be Harry Maguire I could be a bit of bit concerned,” Sharpe told Bettors. “But, if Harry Maguire comes back and has a great pre-season, shows how good he’s, then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be playing as well.

“I do think there may be a defender needed. I’m undecided Maguire will come back and have as bad of a season as he had last yr. I don’t think you change into a nasty player overnight. I still think he’s got plenty of talent.

“[Raphael] Varane I believe will obviously be the rock in the course of defence. I don’t think it’s too hurtful to have one other defender.” I believe we’ll probably should eliminate one or two. I do know [Eric] Bailly and [Phil] Jones might be surplus to requirements and be going.”

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Ten Hag signed Martinez for Ajax in 2019 in a £5.9million (€7m) move from Defensa y Justicia, and admitted the initial plan was for him to play in midfield. “Firstly of the season we were in search of a brain for central midfield,” said Ten Hag on the time. “We knew Martinez had played in central midfield, but could he do it in Ajax’s system? We tried him there and we saw good things.”

Martinez’s signing may come as an extra blow for Maguire should he take the England international’s place in defence, as there was speculation that the 29-year-old may lose the captain’s armband under the brand new manager.

Ten Hag will reportedly let his players vote on their captain next season, amid speculation that Maguire might be stripped of the role.

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