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Ajax Jacks up Asking Price for Lisandro Martinez

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Manchester United and Arsenal will have to pay £52million if they want to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax this summer, according to reports.

The Argentina international was in great form last season as Ajax won the Eredivisie title, making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Dutch giants.

And he has been attracting interest from a number of clubs this summer with Man Utd and Arsenal believed to have the most serious interest in the centre-back.

Reports have claimed Man Utd have already offered €50m (£42m) for Martinez this summer but De Telegraaf (via The Metro) now claim that Ajax now want £52m upfront for Martinez.

It also claimed that the Dutch club won’t listen to offers that include add-ons as they look to squeeze the maximum value out of their asset.

Former Man Utd defender Jaap Stam thinks the Red Devils will be buying a true professional if they a deal for Martinez over the line.

“Whether Martinez is worth €50m, that is difficult to say. This kind of money has become normal. Especially in England,” Stam told Algemeen Dagblad.

“I have become a fan of his. I think he’s a fantastic guy, with a good temperament and a winning mentality. For trainers, those are great players to work with.”

Tyrell Malacia is the only signing of Erik ten Hag’s time in charge of Man Utd but Stam claims he can already see what his compatriot is looking to build.

Stam added: “You can clearly see that Ten Hag’s approach is to dominate matches and control the opponent’s half. Then you play with a lot of space in the back and you need players who are reasonably fast and not afraid to cover. Malacia has that and Martinez certainly.

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