Man Utd lead race for Lisandro Martinez as Arsenal cool interest | Football

United now in pole position to sign Martinez (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are cooling their interest in Ajax centre-half Lisandro Martinez, leaving Manchester United leading the race to sign the Argentine.

United and Arsenal have both seen offers for the 24-year-old rejected with Ajax holding out for a fee of €50million (£42.4m).

The Gunners are thought to have made three offers for Martinez, with their most recent bid said to be £35m plus a further £4.3m in add-ons.

United have already matched that offer and while it was also rejected by Ajax, they are determined to reach an agreement with Erik ten Hag eager for a reunion with his former defender in Manchester.

While Arsenal have not formally ended their interest in signing Martinez, Goal report that United are now the side actively looking to agree a deal with Ajax having moved ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race for his signature.

Martinez is open to joining United and he has twice urged his club to negotiate in good faith with the Manchester club.

Recent reports have claimed Ajax have raised their asking price, now demanding £52m for the player.

Martinez wants a move to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

The Dutch champions however are said to be willing to reach an agreement in the coming days.

United have made one signing so far this summer in Tyrell Malacia, bringing in the 22-year-old from Feyenoord.

While the club are making progress in their bid to sign Martinez, ten Hag has highlighted midfield and attack as areas he is keen to strengthen this summer.

‘We want to have the right players,’ ten Hag said this week, ahead of his side’s 4-0 friendly victory over Liverpool in Bangkok.

‘We have a really good squad, we are working on to develop our way of playing and if the opportunity is there we will strike [to sign new players].

‘I said already definitely we are searching for players in midfield and I think that we have a need in offence. We are still working for players.’

United remain in talks with Barcelona over a move for Frenkie de Jong while Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to a move to Old Trafford.

There is also interest in signing another Ajax star in Antony although a huge valuation of £71m could make the move difficult.

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