Arsenal make third bid as second transfer in danger of being hijacked by Premier League rivals

29 June 2022 0 By Total Football News

Arsenal have made a third bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as they look to avoid losing out on a second transfer to a Premier League rival this summer.

The Gunners thought that they had a deal for Leeds United winger Raphinha sewn up, only for Chelsea to swoop in at the eleventh hour and outbid their London rivals, with the Brazilian now expected to make the switch to west, rather than north, London in the coming days.

And the bad news could yet get worse for Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar, with Manchester United now thought to be keen on rivalling them for Argentine defender Martinez, who Arsenal are currently pushing to sign this summer.

Arsenal make third bid as second transfer in danger of being hijacked by Premier League rivals

Erik ten Hag and Lisandro Martinez have a good relationship having worked together at Ajax ANP OLAF KRAAK

English media report that the Red Devils could move on to Martinez following the signings of Dutch duo Frenkie de Jong and Tyrell Malacia

According to the Times, ‘Manchester United look set to complete the signing of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and will then turn their attention to the Ajax defender Lisandro Martínez’.

‘United have asked Ajax to keep them updated as to the situation with Martínez as they discuss how much to offer for the left-footed defender’, they add.

Arsenal table third bid

It is perhaps for this reason that, as per Argentine sources, Arsenal have upped their bid to include 40m euros as a guaranteed fee plus a further 5m euros in potential bonuses, something that Ajax are yet to respond to.

On the players’ side, while he is happy at Ajax, he is keen to move to the Premier League should it become a possibility.

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