Manchester United has completed the signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez for £57m. The Argentinan will sign a five-year contract with United set to pay £48.5m up-front and £8.5m in add-ons. He will link up with Erik ten Hag who signed the defender in 2019 while he was at Ajax. The deal is subject to medical as well as visa requirements.
“Last season, Martinez averaged more passes per 90 minutes than any other Eredivisie player, while only two players directed more passes forward per 90 minutes,” Nick Wright said after Lisandro Martinez completed his move to Manchester United. “Those numbers underline Martinez’s ability to play through opposition lines but he is similarly adept at switching the play and picking out team-mates over longer distances. At Ajax last season, no player averaged more successful long passes per 90 minutes. Voted Ajax’s player of the year for his role in their Eredivisie title triumph last season, Martinez stands at just 5ft 9ins, making him small for a center-back.”
“Last season at Ajax, he made more headed clearances (29) than any other player and won 79 of his 112 aerial duels, giving him a success rate of 71 percent and putting him second only to Harry Maguire among Manchester United and Arsenal’s current center-backs,” he added. “Martinez can expect to face more exacting opponents in the Premier League, of course, but he is also helped by a sound reading of the game. He is known for anticipating strikers’ runs and positioning himself smartly to make tackles and interceptions. Those qualities, coupled with his versatility and technical prowess, make him all the more alluring to Premier League suitors.”
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