‘Almost a crime’ – Rival club told to accept Arsenal’s latest offer

Journalist Martijn Krabbendam has claimed that it would be ‘almost a crime’ for Ajax to reject Arsenal’s offer for Lisandro Martinez.

The defender is believed to be on the radar of both Manchester United and the Gunners this summer, and the latter are claimed to have Made a second offer this week in the region of €40 Million (£34.5 Million).

With the above in mind, Dutch journalist Krabbendam has claimed that Ajax shouldn’t consider the player ‘indispensable’, and goes as far as to claim that it would be ‘almost a crime’ to turn down a bid in the region of 40-50 Million euro.

“Martinez is not someone of whom you think: he is indispensable ” Krabbendam told Voetbal Primeur (according to Sport Witness).

“Forty to fifty million they want. Fifty million for Martínez, that’s almost a crime if you don’t do it, isn’t it?

“You have an illustrious youth academy; then you get one out of it. Forty to fifty million euros: you have to do that immediately.”

This sounds like we are over-valuing the defender, but the fact that both us and Man United are interested in his signature should speak volumes in itself.

Football is a game hugely populated by opinions, a game where you rarely find two people with the exact same thinking, and Krabbendam could well be trying to soften the blow of the Argentine’s potential exit.

From what I’ve seen, Martinez has great potential as well as strong ability, and his footballing mind is mature beyond his current years. You won’t see me retract that statement if United do sign him, but he is a player I would like to see join our ranks this summer, and I think he would easily adapt to Premier League life.


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  1. Transfer business is not an exact science. You win some you lose some. Tierney was bought for 27mill then Tavares was bought for 8 mill probably to balance the books. On the other side Tomiyasu was bought for 22mill and Soares retained because he was free. White was bought for 50mill so Holding 2mill was retained to also balance the books until Saliba returned. Martinelli 7mill to balance the Aubameyang 60mill spend. Eddie retained to balance the Jesus spend. Marquinos 7mill is in to balance the 72mill spent on Pepe. As luck would have it a chance of top 4 meant Arteta played Tierney every game and the gamble back fired. So now with 27mill Tierney an injury prospect and 8mill Tavares struggling Arsenal have to look at a third LB option. Do we spend another 7mill on an unknown hoping for an Andy Robertson windfall or stump up another 34mill on Martinez? Could we not perhaps loan a player a lot cheaper? Could we convert a player we already have? Is the Martinez talk just a blind as we secure a quality 7 mill unknown? It will be interestng to see what number comes up when we roll the dice on LB.
    VAR decison pending 🙂

    1. Arsenal should not hesitate to do business to bring in lisandro from Ajax.We are talking about versatility here, someone who can play as a CB or LB. It will definitely give options to the team when league starts.

      1. Forrest are interested in AMN.this could be a good move for him,playing under Steve Cooper he would definitely improve/rediscover his form.

    2. To all fans our window is shut we aren’t going to sign no more players unless it’s under 19 telemann is off to West ham and the ajax lad is off to utd. But we still need a winger and a DM until we sell wd won’t get

  2. For this deal I gree with Edu and Arteta, Martinez must sign with us we as soon as possible.He is our profile and we must go ahead of everyone to get his signature.

  3. If Arsenal are sure that Martinez is player needed now, then, they should complete the deal asap by bidding the 50m euros that Ajax are demanding ,because, they could lose out to Manchester United this time. If Ajax don’t accept it, move on to a next target.

    1. It’s gone very quiet on Zinchenko, would he be a better option for us given he is proven in the prem?
      Just a thought 🤔

      1. Rumour has it that Chelsea might be interested in him.they are looking at 3 City players, Sterling/Ake/Xinchenko.

  4. No doubt the Ukraine international(Zichenko) has somewhat proven 2 be 1 of the most promising talents. Need 2 go 4 him given his age matching our project

  5. Martinez should be TOP priority. He is able to provide a lot of competition and depth. Raphinha is dead in the water but was never a priority at silly money (which Chelsea are quite happy to be ripped off with). Never worth £60m. Question is, will Pepe be staying and can he raise his game?

    We also need to find a DM as Xhaka is simply not going to give us a top four chance. As it stand, I don’t think we are still able to challenge top four with our signings. We have improved but not enough when you consider how other teams are improving!

      1. S. Olamide, You must be either his agent or his wife then! Or perhaps you cant tell thr difference between him and CAZORLA!

        The most left field opinion I have ever seen on JA!

  6. Raphina is a good player but going to chelsea or man united that’s when he going to finish his career.He should learn from Jesus, every club was after him but he chooses the best where he has sured he will play.Look what that has happened to what happens to everyone chelsea coach has signed!!all flops example is Lukaku

  7. I was returning to the UK from Amsterdam in mid May and on the way to the airport I engaged with our taxi driver who happened to be a fan of Ajax.Somewhat surprisingly, he was more concerned at the prospect of losing their” best defender”, in Martinez, than the loss of their Manager to Man Utd..To my mind, the versatility of Martinez makes it worthwhile paying a few million more to secure his services. That apart, behind the scenes I would hope that work is going on to unload, AMN, Bellerin, Torreria , Mari ,Pepe and regrettably Leno to defray some of our recruitment costs.I would love to include Xhaka to that list, but it would appear he is staying out for yet another season.

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