Lisandro Martínez is set to move to Manchester United and will rejoin rejoin manager Erik ten Hag, who also transferred from Ajax. The 24-year-old Martínez still has to pass a medical examination and sign a contract.

The Old Trafford camp reached an agreement of nearly $58 million for Martínez, who represented Ajax from 2019 to 2022. 

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“Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Argentine international defender Lisandro Martínez, subject to medical, to player terms being finalized, and to UK visa requirements,” United said in a statement on Sunday.

Ajax said the transfer fee will be 57.37 million euros ($57.9 million) with a potential further 10 million euros for the Dutch club in conditional add-ons.

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The 24-year-old Martínez has played seven matches for Argentina.

Arsenal were another club reportedly eyeing the Argentine. As part of the standard solidarity payments involved in international transfers, around €2m (£1.7m) of Martinez’s fee will be split between his old clubs, Newell’s Old Boys and Defensa y Justicia.

“It’s an honour to join this great football club. I’ve worked so hard to get to this moment and now that I’m here I’m going to push myself even further. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of successful teams in my career and that’s what I want to continue at Manchester United. There will be a lot of work to get to that moment, but I firmly believe that under this manager and coaches, and together with my new teammates, we can do it,” Martinez said. 

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“I want to thank Ajax and their fans for all the support they gave me. I had an unbelievable time there but feel the moment is right to test myself in another environment. Now I am at the perfect club to do that,” the defender added. 

Only earlier this month, Man United roped in Christian Eriksen as a free transfer, after his Brentford contract expired.