Arsenal on the brink of signing €35m-rated Eredivisie centre-back

Arsenal are set to push again for Lisandro Martinez, with a new bid expected to arrive from the London giants. The Gunners had their initial proposal rejected by Ajax, who are determined to keep hold of the 24-year-old centre-back. Footballers with a long deal are always a difficult transfer target.

The Gunners are experiencing something similar in their pursuit of Martinez, who has emerged as the Spanish manager’s top defensive target in the last few days. Lisandro has a deal until 2025 with Ajax, and his situation is proving tricky for Arsenal.

Ajax are determined to keep Argentina international beyond the summer and rejected the Gunners’ initial bid of €30m. Arsenal have been keen on signing the Argentine centre-back. The South American defender has many attributes that appeal to the Spanish manager, including his ability on the ball and passing range.

The Argentine has played as a centre-back and defensive midfielder under ex-manager Erik ten Hag, while he can also cover at left-back, making him an intriguing prospect for the Gunners. The Gunners are keen on bolstering their defensive unit on the left-hand side, with Lisandro seen as an able competition for Gabriel Magalhaes.

Arsenal lack a left-footed centre-back, with Holding, Saliba, and White all primarily operating with their right foot. Martinez is keen on the idea and is willing to join the London giants.