Newcastle United are reportedly now in the mix to sign Lisandro Martinez this summer.
The Lowdown: Centre-back wanted
The St. James’ Park outfit are reportedly in a ‘strong position‘ to sign central defender Sven Botman from Lille, but with interest from Serie A champions and UEFA Champions League qualifiers AC Milan as well, it may still be a difficult deal to get done.
Thus, they may have to look at other targets in the centre-back position, and a few new names have now been cropping up.
The Latest: Martinez interest
As per 90min, the Magpies are now in the mix to sign Martinez from Ajax, although Arsenal are the favourites at this moment in time.
Nonetheless, they are thought to be keeping a close eye on his situation, as are Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, FC Barcelona and Inter Milan.
The Verdict: Botman alternative
Martinez would certainly be a good alternative to Botman, should they not be able to get that deal over the line.
Should Newcastle sign Martinez?
Nicknamed the ‘butcher of Amsterdam‘ for the way he battles at the back, the Argentina international is not afraid to get stuck in, but is also comfortable at playing out from the back.
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