Ajax were ‘completely surprised’ by Manchester United’s £48.5million bid for Lisandro Martinez, with admirers Arsenal also ‘concerned’ about signing centre-back August 18, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Ajax felt ‘it would be totally irresponsible’ not to accept Manchester United’s ‘gigantic’ bid for defender Lisandro Martinez.

That’s the view in the Netherlands, while it also claimed that Arsenal had ‘concerns’ about signing the centre-back, with The Gunners doubting his ability to play in the centre of defence due to his height.


Ten Hag’s first real big signing, Martinez from Ajax, has been caught out in his new side’s opening games

And Ajax were shocked by United’s bid


And Ajax were shocked by United’s bid

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, who arrived from Ajax this summer, recruited his former player Martinez in July for £48.5million from the Eredivisie champions.

The centre-back has had a tough start to life in the Premier League, being caught out in his side’s losses against Brighton and Brentford.

And according to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij, Ajax themselves were shocked by the offer they received for their defender who played 37 games for them last season.

“When a €50m offer was placed for Martinez, Ajax asked themselves: ‘when will another club be placing such a high bid for a 1.75m centre-back? Only a Premier League club would be willing to do that,” he said.

“And then the €57m/€67m offer came in, they believed it was totally irresponsible not to accept it. Within Ajax they were completely surprised that such a gigantic offer was placed.”

And it’s not just Ajax who had reservations about Man United’s summer signing.

Edu and Arteta had their reservations about Martinez


Edu and Arteta had their reservations about Martinez

According to The Athletic, Martinez’s other Premier League admirers, Arsenal, also had ‘concerns’ over the defender.

It’s understood the Gunners bid for him with the intention playing him at left-back, with his 5ft 9in height causing concerns over his ability to play at centre-back.

So far, Martinez has started both games at centre-back in the Premier League for Man United and was taken off at half time in the game against Brentford as his side were trailing 4-0.

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