Manchester United have announced the acquisition of defender Lisandro Martinez from Dutch Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax Amsterdam for the sum of €55m (£46m pounds) including add-ons.
The 24 year-old Argentine has put pen to paper on a five-year deal which will run until 2027 and he is now the third summer signing for the Red Devils under manager Erik Ten Hag, following the arrivals of Dutch defender Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord and Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen on a free transfer.
Martinez together with his agent and Elche chairman Christian Bragarnik had arrived England on Friday night to complete his medical and to finalise his visa.
While both men were on transit, Bragarnik posted an Instagram story in which the duo were on a private jet with the caption “heading to Manchester @lisandromartinezzz”. The former Defensa Central man then reposted the story with two heart emojis, as he prepares to reunite with manager Erik Ten Hag.
The 5ft 9in centre-back was understood to have been attracted to the possibility of working under the Dutch tactician again, and subsequently turned down an offer from North London outfit Arsenal.
Martinez leaves Ajax after scoring six goals and setting up six more in 118 appearances for the Amsterdam giants, including one goal and four assists from 36 games last season.
The South American has won two Dutch Eredivisie titles, one KNVB-Beker and one Dutch Super Cup since 2019, and he was also part of Argentina’s triumphant 2021 Copa America squad.