Manchester United have now submitted an improved offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, MySportDab reports.
The Red Devils have now offered Ajax £43m as they look to sign the player ahead of Arsenal.
The new offer is closer to Ajax’s valuation of the player.
Now, the Ajax hierarchy will consider the bid given that the 24-year-old has already asked to leave and join the Premier League.
Manchester United and Arsenal both first offered £38.5m for the Argentine but the Eredivisie club wanted more.
He played 23 matches for Ten Hag last season in the Eredivisie and won the Dutch title.
Last week, Ajax directors Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Gerry Hamstra continued talks with United about a deal for Martinez.
However, Manchester United have now caved in to Ajax’s demands and improved their offer to get the deal completed as soon as possible.
Manchester United are planning to push again for Lisandro Martínez, ten Hag considers him priority target. No intention to give up after opening bid turned down. 🔴 #MUFC
Lisandro, always been ‘tempted’ by reunion with ten Hag – but he never refused Arsenal, still in the race. pic.twitter.com/V3Jtv9n03X
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2022
Martinez has asked to leave the Eredivisie club and wants to join Arsenal or Manchester United in the Premier League.
While being respectful to Ajax, he does not want to miss out on this opportunity to progress his career in the Premier League next season.
He has told the club that an agreement with either United or Arsenal, will be best for everyone.
Ajax have rejected two offers from Arsenal worth £34m plus add-ons and £38m.
United immediately increase their bid to £35.3m to £38m in total but have used Ten Hag’s history with the club as a good point of negotiations.
Martinez started his football career in Argentina, playing for Newell’s Old Boys.
In 2019, Ajax signed him for £6m and has played for the Dutch club ever since.
Since joining Ajax, he has won two Eredivisie titles and Ajax can now profit significantly on the player.
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