Manchester United have confirmed the £ 56.7m signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez on a five-year contract.
United paid a assured € 57.37m (£ 48.3m) to the Argentine worldwide, with an extra € 10m (£ 8.4m) agreed between the 2 golf equipment. The transfer sees Martinez reconnect with former Ajax supervisor Erik ten Hag, who signed him for the membership in 2019, at Outdated Trafford.
The 24-year-old has written down a five-year contract in Manchester, with the choice of a further 12 months, which might take him past his thirtieth birthday.
“It’s an honor to affix this nice soccer workforce,” stated Martinez. “I’ve labored so exhausting to get to this second and now that I am right here I will push myself much more.
“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to be a part of profitable groups in my profession and that is what I need to proceed at Manchester United. There shall be numerous work to get to that time, however I firmly imagine that beneath this supervisor and coaches, and together with my new ones. teammates, we will do it.
“I need to thank Ajax and their followers for all of the assist they’ve given me. I’ve had an unbelievable time there, however I really feel it’s the proper time to problem myself in one other setting. Now I’m within the excellent membership to do it.”
Martinez arrived at United’s Carrington coaching base on Tuesday alongside new signing Christian Eriksen, who accomplished a free switch earlier this month after his contract with Brentford expired.
Arsenal have been additionally within the Argentine worldwide, however suffered defeat in his pursuit. Whereas the Gunners’ model of play, together with the prospect of enjoying for Mikel Arteta, appealed to Martinez, he selected to maneuver to Outdated Trafford.
Round 2 million euros (1.7 million kilos) of Martinez’s share shall be cut up between his outdated golf equipment, Newell’s Outdated Boys and Defensa y Justicia, each based mostly in Argentina, as a part of the usual solidarity funds concerned in worldwide transfers. .
John Murtough, United’s soccer director, stated of the membership’s new signing: “Lisandro is an distinctive participant who will deliver additional high quality and expertise to Erik’s facet.
“We’re delighted that he has chosen to affix Manchester United and look ahead to seeing him develop additional and assist the workforce obtain the success we intention for.”
Why did Man Utd need Martinez?
Sky Sports activities Information Senior Journalist Melissa Reddy:
United wanted a left heart defender and the supervisor wished somebody who was comfy sufficient in possession of the ball.
“Beneath Ten Hag, United can have a quite proactive strategy, they may construct the sport from behind and wished to have a defender who can be an oblique risk on set items, assured and authoritative within the space.
He is aware of Martinez fairly effectively and feels he’s as much as it. He’s a defender at his ease who defends in large areas when the workforce pushes.
“He’ll be high quality to cowl the bottom on his personal, however he may also get the ball out and kind attacking elements, which is what Ten Hag desires. He feels that is cash effectively spent for United.”
Martinez affords brains, brawn and flexibility
Sky Sports activities presents author Nick Wright:
“Final season, Martinez averaged extra passes each 90 minutes than another Eredivisie participant, whereas solely two gamers directed extra ahead passes each 90 minutes.
“These numbers underscore Martinez’s means to play throughout opposing traces, however he’s equally adept at altering the sport and choosing teammates over longer distances. At Ajax final season, no participant scored a mean of passes. longest profitable each 90 minutes.
“Voted participant of the yr by Ajax for his function within the title triumph within the Eredivisie final season, Martinez stands at simply 5 ft 9 inches, which makes him small to be a center-back.
“Final season at Ajax, he did extra head dribbles (29) than another participant and received 79 of his 112 dogfights, giving him a 71% success price and putting him second solely to Harry Maguire between Manchester United and Arsenal central defenders.
Martinez can anticipate to face extra demanding opponents within the Premier League, after all, however he’s additionally helped by an excellent learn of the sport. He’s identified for anticipating strikers’ races and positioning himself intelligently to make tackles and interceptions.
“These qualities, coupled together with his versatility and technical prowess, made him much more interesting to Premier League suitors.”
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