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Erik ten Hag ‘overruled Manchester United’s board for £55m Lisandro Martinez deal over Pau Torres’

Erik ten Hag ‘rejected Manchester United’s board and recruitment department to push through Lisandro Martinez’s £55m transfer after club scouts recommended a move for Pau Torres instead’

  • Erik ten Hag convinces Manchester United board to Lisandro Martinez . to contract
  • The Argentine defender joins after a £55.3m fee was agreed with Ajax
  • United’s recruiting team had recommended Villarreal’s Pau Torres instead
  • Initially there were concerns about Martinez’s lack of height and his light frame

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag rejected the board at Manchester United to complete Ajax’s £55.3 million deal for Lisandro Martinez.

The club’s scouts had recommended a transfer for Villarreal’s Pau Torres, who has long been a target for the club, but ten Hag persuaded the board to support his former player.

Martinez played two seasons under the Dutch manager at Ajax, where he was deployed as a central defender, left back and central midfielder at the time.

Erik ten Hag convinced the Manchester United board to persuade Lisandro Martinez Pau Torres

Erik ten Hag convinced Manchester United board to sign Lisandro Martinez over Pau Torres

While recruiting a centre-back has not been a priority for this window, with Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof providing adequate cover in that position, Martinez will be the Red Devils’ third summer signing.

Martinez cost the club around £55million after performance-based add-ons

Martinez cost the club around £55million after performance-based add-ons

At just six feet tall, there have been concerns about Martinez’s ability to compete in the Premier League, which is notorious for being physique and with which several leading players struggle to adapt.

But Ten Had has reportedly expressed concerns over Torres’ lack of pace, which would likely make him struggle to play a high line, as well as leave him vulnerable in a likely pairing with club captain Maguire.

It’s an early sign of what’s to come in the transfer market for United fans, and many will be pleased to see the Dutchman’s influence on recruiting decisions as he strives to restore a club to its former glory.

United agreed a £46.8 million fee with the Sons of God, followed by £8.5 million in performance and performance bonuses, and Martinez will sign a five-year contract worth £120,000 a week.

Martinez will now wait for his new teammates to return from their pre-season tour of Australia before joining them for the new season.

Martinez, 24, offers versatility and can play as a centre-back, left-back and defensive midfield

Martinez, 24, offers versatility and can play as a centre-back, left-back and defensive midfield

Martinez won two Dutch league titles during his time in the Ajax ranks, plus the Dutch Cup

Martinez won two Dutch league titles during his time in the Ajax ranks, plus the Dutch Cup

And ten Hag will be hopeful that he can bring in another former player of his in Frenkie de Jong, who has been the subject of perhaps the most talked-about saga of the window.

The Dutch star is the main target of the new United manager and he is prepared to hold out until the last second to sign gifted midfielder De Jong, who was his ‘favorite player’ when he was manager at Ajax.

He has openly stated that he wants to stay at the Camp Nou and has flown to Miami to take part in Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the US – but sources close to the player have said he is in regular contact with Ten Hag and he is happy to join United.

United's scouts recommended signing Torres, but ten Hag insisted on his former Ajax player

United’s scouts recommended signing Torres, but ten Hag insisted on his former Ajax player

Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona is the number 1 target of Ten Hag for this summer transfer period

Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona is the number 1 target of Ten Hag for this summer transfer period



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