Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United verify £56.7m signing of Ajax defender on 5-yr contract

Manchester United have verified the £56.7m signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez on a 5-year contract.

United have compensated a confirmed €57.37m (£48.3m) for the Argentina international, with an further €10m (£8.4m) in include-ons agreed between the two clubs. The shift sees Martinez link up yet again with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who signed him for the club in 2019, at Aged Trafford.

The 24-yr-aged has set pen to paper on a five-year deal in Manchester, with the option of a even more 12 months, which would acquire him outside of his 30th birthday.

“It can be an honour to join this great soccer club,” Martinez stated. “I have labored so difficult to get to this moment and now that I am below I’m heading to force myself even additional.

“I’ve been fortunate more than enough to be part of prosperous groups in my profession and which is what I want to continue at Manchester United. There will be a good deal of function to get to that instant, but I firmly imagine that below this supervisor and coaches, and together with my new teammates, we can do it.

“I want to thank Ajax and their followers for all the assist they gave me. I experienced an unbelievable time there but come to feel the instant is suitable to check myself in another ecosystem. Now I am at the fantastic club to do that.”

Martinez arrived at United’s Carrington schooling foundation on Tuesday along with fellow new signing Christian Eriksen, who accomplished a free transfer previously this month right after his Brentford agreement expired.

Arsenal ended up also intrigued in the Argentina intercontinental, but conceded defeat in their pursuit. When the Gunners’ playing type, alongside with the prospect of participating in for Mikel Arteta, appealed to Martinez, he has picked to transfer to Aged Trafford.

About €2m (£1.7m) of Martinez’s rate will be break up amongst his outdated clubs, Newell’s Old Boys and Defensa y Justicia, each based in Argentina, as portion of the regular solidarity payments involved in international transfers.

Erik ten Hag signed Martinez for Ajax in 2019

John Murtough, United’s Football Director, reported of the club’s new signing: “Lisandro is an remarkable player who will deliver even more quality and knowledge to Erik’s squad.

“We are delighted that he has chosen to be a part of Manchester United, and we are hunting ahead to observing him develop even more and enable the staff attain the results we are aiming for.”

Why did Guy Utd want Martinez?

Sky Sports Information senior reporter Melissa Reddy:

“United have needed a left-sided centre-back again and the supervisor needed someone who’s rather snug in possession.

“Under Ten Hag, United are heading to have pretty a proactive approach, construct engage in from the again and he preferred to have a defender who is heading to be an indirect threat at set items, self-assured and authoritative in the space.

“He understands Martinez fairly nicely and feels that he suits the invoice. He’s a defender at ease defending in large spaces when the workforce pushes up.

“He is likely to be alright to include floor on his own but also he can convey the ball out and kind areas of attacks which is what 10 Hag wants. He feels this is cash well spent for United.”

Martinez gives brains, brawn and flexibility

Sky Sporting activities options writer Nick Wright:

“Previous year, Martinez averaged far more passes for every 90 minutes than any other Eredivisie participant, when only two players directed extra passes forward per 90 minutes.

“These quantities underline Martinez’s means to enjoy as a result of opposition traces but he is likewise adept at switching the enjoy and selecting out team-mates above more time distances. At Ajax last season, no player averaged a lot more profitable prolonged passes per 90 minutes.


“Voted Ajax’s player of the year for his function in their Eredivisie title triumph final season, Martinez stands at just 5ft 9ins, generating him modest for a centre-back again.

“Past time at Ajax, he created much more headed clearances (29) than any other player and gained 79 of his 112 aerial duels, providing him a success rate of 71 for each cent and placing him next only to Harry Maguire among Manchester United and Arsenal’s current centre-backs.

“Martinez can be expecting to encounter far more exacting opponents in the Premier League, of training course, but he is also assisted by a sound examining of the game. He is recognised for anticipating strikers’ operates and positioning himself neatly to make tackles and interceptions.

“Individuals attributes, coupled with his flexibility and complex prowess, produced him all the far more alluring to Leading League suitors.”

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