Arsenal have now made an improved offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo.
The Lowdown: Arteta’s interest
The 24-year-old has been the subject of heavy interest from the North London club, with the Argentina international seemingly Gunners boss Mikel Arteta’s first choice defensive target.
Indeed, The Athletic previously reported that Arsenal had a £26m bid rejected by the Amsterdam outfit, and it was said that they were likely to return with a better offer for the centre-half, who can also be utilised at left-back.
The Latest: Merlo’s news
Merlo has shared the latest news regarding Arsenal’s pursuit of Martinez, who is now receiving interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist confirmed that second bid has now arrived:
“Manchester United is very interested in Lisandro Martínez, but has not yet made an official offer.
“Arsenal have improved their proposal to €40M + 5 in bonuses, but Ajax have not responded yet.
“He is on vacation: he is happy in Netherlands but he is seduced by going to the big Premier League.”
Should Arsenal sign Martinez?
The Verdict: Great signing
Analysing Martinez’s underlying stats, it is easy to see why Arteta is so keen on signing the Ajax defender.
When compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the 24-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for assists, shot-creating actions, passes attempted, progressive passes and tackles (via FB Ref), proving to be an aggressive defender but with immense ability on the ball.
Described as an ‘incredible signing’ at the Johan Cruijff ArenA by popular Ajax writer TheEuropeanLad, Martinez’s arrival at the Emirates would certainly excite supporters, given the obvious talent he would radiate in Arsenal’s back-line.
Hopefully, then, the second bid is enough to get a deal over the line in time for the beginning of the new season.
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