Manchester United ‘must pay Ajax more than £115m’ to secure Lisandro Martinez and Antony this summer
Manchester United ‘will have to pay Ajax more than £115million this summer’ for transfer targets Antony and Lisandro Martinez… with Dutch champions ‘ready to play hard’ with former boss Erik ten Hag
- It is believed that Ajax wants £45 million for Lisandro Martinez and Antony values at £70 million
- Manchester United are associated with the Argentine defender and the Brazilian winger
- The winners of the Eredivisie are reportedly confident that they will keep up with the price tags
- United boss Erik ten Hag and the duo have won the title in each of the last two seasons
New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will have to pay at least £115 million, according to a report, if he wants to take over Lisandro Martinez and Antony from former club Ajax.
United have been repeatedly linked with two of the stars of Ten Hag’s Eredivisie-winning teams over the past two seasons and face competition from Arsenal, who have already made a second £34million offer to Ajax for Argentine defender Martinez.
The Dutch giants believe they are financially strong enough to hold onto their £45 million valuation of Martinez and an asking price of around £70 million for Brazilian winger Antony. The sun said.
Lisandro Martinez (left) earned Dutch champion Ajax’s player of the season award for 2021/22
Antony (right) signed for Ajax (left) from Ten Hag in 2020, with which he made his Brazilian bow the following year
The outlet claims Ajax will be playing ‘hardball’ because they know United are ‘desperate’ for recruits after returning on Monday to prepare for the season under Ten Hag’s new regime.
United players not involved with internationals reported for the session and met Ten Hag as the Dutchman plots the club’s revival.
Ten Hag is approaching Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, although United have rejected an initial £60m offer as Barca want to match the 65million they paid Ajax for the Dutch midfielder.
An abundance of centre-backs remain in the books at Old Trafford and United are thought to prioritize other positions until some of those players have left.
The performance of Argentine defender Martinez played a major role in Ajax’s defensive strength
Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe could all be on their way after being part of a squad that secured Europa League football on the final day of a trophyless campaign.
Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant have already transferred the club for free.
Left back Nicolas Tagliafico – the only Argentinian to have played 100 times for Ajax alongside Martinez – is associated with United.
Christian Eriksen, whose short-term contract with Brentford is about to expire, is also said to be ready in days to decide whether to join Ten Hag’s rebuilding effort.