Lisandro Martinez: Who is this Young Talent Wanted by Arsenal and Man United?

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Both Arsenal and Manchester United are eyeing Ajax’s Argentine fullback Lisandro Martinez for a potential long-term deal in top-flight football.

The 24-year-old has been a hot topic in the recently opened transfer market. But what is so special with Martinez. Well, we are here to answer just that.


According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal’s latest bid for Lisandro Martinez is €40m with add-ons included. This is an affordable price for most, if not all top European clubs.

“But Ajax always asked for €50m fee. Man Utd have also been in touch with his agent,” said Romano.

If Arsenal can afford him, who else can’t?

The Butcher

Martinez is nicknamed the “Butcher” for his aggressiveness on the pitch.

A strong defensive and offensive fullback is a recipe for every Premier League player, and Martinez seems to meet the criteria.


In footballing terms, a versatile player is one who is able to play well in more than one position and adapt well to more advanced ones.

Martinez trains with Messi

Martinez able to be utilized in both defensive and midfield positions of play. According to Wikipedia, Martinez plays comfortably both as a defender or midfielder and cab be utilized well on both flanks. He is able to take on opposing players in both defensive flanks.

Arsenal manager Arteta has been known to like such versatile players.

The Ten Hag Effect

Manchester United are also hot in pursuit for Martinez thanks to Ten Hag.

United’s new boss Erik ten Hag worked with the 24-year-old during his time in charge in Amsterdam. He is one of his mentors especially after De Ligt and De Jong left Ajax while very young. Martinez is one of the new talents that emerged and filled the positions rather well.

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