REPORT: ARSENAL MAKE SECOND OFFER FOR AJAX DEFENDER MARTINEZ

According to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, Arsenal have made a second offer to Ajax for defender Lisandro Martinez.

Having had an initial bid of €25 million rejected, the Gunners have now proposed a package worth €40 million.

It’s unclear at this point whether Ajax have been receptive to the approach although the noise out of the Amsterdam Arena is that they are reluctant to lose the Argentina international for anything less than €50 million.

Manchester United have also been heavily linked with the 24-year-old but are currently focusing their efforts on a deal to sign Frankie de Jong from Barcelona.

Arsenal’s interest in the left-sided Martinez suggests Mikel Arteta could look to offload Nuno Tavares with Marseille already expressing an interest in taking the player on loan.

William Saliba’s future doesn’t seem to be affected by our want for another defender. As things stand, the France international will join up with the Gunners for pre-season training and a new contract offer is set to be tabled.

In terms of other potential incomings, it’s well documented that a deal for Gabriel Jesus will be completed and talks are planned with the striker’s compatriot Raphinha as the Gunners look to prise him away from Elland Road.


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