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5 Facts about Lisandro Martinez, Lionel Messi’s Teammate, who Arsenal and Manchester United are fighting for

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5 Facts about Lisandro Martinez, Lionel Messi’s Teammate, who Arsenal and Manchester United are fighting for

 Manchester United are said to be interested in Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez . The Red Devils are ready to corner Arsenal in the hunt for the Argentine stopper.

Manchester United has reportedly made a more attractive offer than Arsenal. However, the value is not enough to make Ajax soften.

The team based at Old Trafford also made a personal approach with Lisandro Martinez. This follows his close relationship with Erik Ten Hag.

So, who is the figure of Lisandro Martinez to become a bone of contention for two Premier League clubs? Here are 5 facts 

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Lionel Messi’s Teammates

Lionel Messi and Argentina win the 2021 Copa America

Lisandro Martinez is a teammate of Lionel Messi in the Argentine national team. He made his debut with La Albiceleste on 22 March 2019.

The 24-year-old defender also helped the Argentine national team win the 2020/2021 Copa America title. However, he only appeared once in the group stage.

Before being promoted to the senior team, he had also become a mainstay in the age group. He played for the Argentina U-20 and U-23 national teams.

Mainstay of Erik Ten Hag

Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag

Lisandro Martinez has experience being coached by Erik Ten Hag. He joined Ajax Amsterdam on July 1, 2019, when De Godenzonen had been handled by the 52-year-old manager.

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Lisandro Martinez has always been Erik Ten Hag’s mainstay at Ajax Amsterdam. He always played more than 24 times in three seasons in the Eredivisie.

If you join Manchester United, of course it will not be difficult for Lisandro Martinez to adapt. He already knows Erik Ten Hag’s game.

Outstanding Player

Lionel Messi with the champion trophy after Argentina beat Italy in the 2022 Finalissima

Lisandro Martinez has achieved a number of individual and team achievements with the club and the national team. He was selected as Ajax Amsterdam’s Player of The Year in the 2021/2022 season.

With Ajax Amsterdam, Lisandro Martinez was able to win 2 Dutch League or Eredivisie titles, as well as 1 KNVB title and the Johan Cruyff Cup.

Meanwhile, the titles won with the Argentine national team are the Copa America champions and the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup winners. He achieved each in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons.

Classy Stats

Ajax Amsterdam wins Eredivisie season 2021/2022

Lisandro Martinez has complete attributes as a central defender. He has pretty flashy stats when defending.

According to data on the WhoScored page, Lisandro Martinez averaged 2 successful tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 2.8 clearances in every match in the Eredivisie.

He also has a pretty good pass accuracy. He recorded an average passing accuracy of 89 percent in every Dutch League game.

Price Increase

Manchester United flag

When purchased by Ajax Amsterdam from Argentine club, Defensa, Lisandro Martinez’s transfer value was 7 million euros. However, now, the price has gone up.

Arsenal, who are also interested in signing Lisandro Martinez, offered 35 million pounds. Meanwhile, Manchester United made an offer of 39 million pounds.

The transfer value of Lisandro Martinez itself according to the Transfermarkt page is 32 million euros. It is based on an update as of June 8, 2022.

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