Arsenal falling behind Premier League rival in race to sign key target

Arsenal could miss out on the signing of Lisandro Martinez this summer as Manchester United continues to push to sign him.

The Gunners and United are his two main suitors, and he has told Ajax he wants to play Premier League football this season.

His demand means either rival will land him, and United is desperate to win the race.

The Daily Mail claims the Red Devils are prepared to improve on their initial offer, which is already better than Arsenal’s.

It remains unclear how much their next offer will be, but Ajax is holding out for £43m.

The report claims United wants to get the deal sorted on time so that he can join his teammates for their pre-season tour this weekend.

Arsenal is also expected to offer improved terms for his signature too, but it remains unclear if Mikel Arteta’s side will present the best deal to his current employers.

Just Arsenal Opinion

When you’re in competition with United for a player, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of money to outbid them.

Martinez likes both clubs, so it means they have an equal chance to add him to their squad.

We need to act fast, and the ideal thing would be to meet Ajax’s asking price and complete the transfer.

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  1. Great player but I’d be more than content with
    any of the following alternatives to the combative

    Evan Ndicka
    Aaron Hickey
    O Zinchenko
    A Grimaldo

    Ndicka and A Onana @ DM would cost around
    the same price of the Butcher and AFC would be
    set @ 3 positions of need.

    Add Fofana/Tielemans and a RW/FWD toward
    the end of the window and Arsenal is ready to
    challenge for Top 4

  2. Why waste time with Lisandro who’s 5ft 9inches when we can have Amadou Onana and Grimaldo, I don’t mind Savic either, let’s just get our business done ✅.

  3. If he is undecided about coming to Arsenal, then move on he lacks the “right mentality” Arteta has mentioned.

    Onana has size and presence we need in midfield, and Zinchenko is a good productive CM option for us.

    Ben White is an option as DM. 3rd or 4th choice CB far cheaper than Martinez around 40 million, leaving Saliba and Gabriel partnership and still good in defense.

    For the sake of the club, the 2 player option is a more practical and wiser choice in my option. Zinchenko is a known commodity in the PL, let Utd take a 40 million pound risk on a 5’9 CB in the PL.

    If your enemy is harming themselves, don’t interrupt them.

    1. As usual Durand spot on.

      Martinez is a quality player and
      quite frankly plays with the
      aggressive/mean streak that is
      sorely missing in the current
      starting 11. But he isn’t a necessary
      get regardless of price.

      Give me 2 of Onana/Zinchenko/
      Grimaldo/Ndicka/Hickey and
      Arsenal will be just fine.

  4. We have seen this movie before, when Arsenal don’t want a player and they want appear to the fans to be doing something in the market, they just bid below the players valuation and wait for the deal to be hijacked.

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