Manchester United prospect Lisandro Martinez can join Australian tour
Manchester United are hoping Lisandro Martinez can join the team in Australia after completing a move for the Ajax defender, sources have told ESPN.
United are set to sign the Argentina international after agreeing a fee of around €55million. Martinez, who stopped training with Ajax before his transfer, has rejected interest from Arsenal in order to seal a move to Old Trafford.
Sources have told ESPN the deal will be subject to international clearance and Martinez will receive a visa, but it is hoped he can travel to Australia where Erik ten Hag’s side are preparing for the new season.
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United take on Melbourne Victory at the MCG on Friday before a game against Crystal Palace at the same venue on Tuesday. Ten Hag and his players are then due to fly to Perth for the final game of the tour against Aston Villa on July 23.
After concluding a move for Martinez, United will continue their attempts to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona. The two clubs have a broad agreement on fees, surcharges and payment structure, but sources have told ESPN that De Jong still needs to be convinced to move.
United remain confident the Dutch international is ready to join the club but, according to sources, his representatives are still trying to encourage Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea to join the bid.
De Jong would prefer to join a Champions League club if he were to leave Barcelona, although his preference is to stay at Camp Nou despite the LaLiga side’s insistence on a move to help the club solve their financial problems. There’s also a salary issue totaling more than €20m that Barcelona owe De Jong.
Meanwhile, sources have told ESPN that United still expect to sign Christian Eriksen on a three-year deal. The Danish midfielder has verbally agreed to join the club but is due to undergo a thorough medical examination after suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch a year ago during the European Championship.