According to The Athletic, Arsenal hold a serious interest in Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez and have already had a €30 million bid for the player rejected.
The 24-year-old is a left-footed centre-back by trade and has become a regular for the Dutch giants since joining from homeland side Defensa y Justicia for €6 million in 2019.
In addition to challenging Gabriel Magalhaes for a starting berth, the Gunners believe the Argentina international also has the qualities to provide back-up to Kieran Tierney. At times, he’s also been deployed in midfield.
Part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa America in 2021, Martinez was recently voted Ajax Player of the Year as the Dutch giants retained the Eredivisie title. Given his importance, it’s likely his current owners won’t give him up without a fight.
News of Arsenal’s interest in Martinez comes as the club closes in on a deal for Porto’s Fabio Vieira. The Portuguese club yesterday confirmed a financial agreement with the Gunners and the player has been undertaking medical tests in London.
In addition, rumours continue to swirl about deals for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Leeds United’s Raphinha.
Whether we have the funds and ability to pull off all those deals is questionable, but it certainly looks like the club is taking a bullish approach to the transfer market.
The first tranche of first team players will start arriving for pre-season training in nine days’ time. After that a hectic pre-season schedule sees Mikel Arteta and his players play friendlies in Germany and the United States and an Emirates Cup clash with Sevilla. The sooner new players are integrated the better.