A agreement that might be worth up to 67 million euros (£57 million) has been reached between Manchester United and Ajax for the transfer of Argentina central defender Lisandro Martinez.
The 24-year-old player is anticipated to put his signature on a deal that will last for five years and include an additional year of team option.
The relocation, which will cost an initial £49 million, is contingent on a medical exam, the completion of personal terms, and a UK visa.
The agreement includes add-ons for £8.5 million and solidarity payments worth £2.2 million to Martinez’s previous clubs.
Having previously played for Newell’s Old Boys and Defensa y Justicia in Argentina, he moved to Ajax in 2019 for a fee of £6.3 million and went on to make 120 appearances for the Dutch club.
Since making his senior team debut in March 2019, Martinez has collected seven international caps for Argentina.
He is United’s third acquisition of the summer, following Tyrell Malacia’s move from Feyenoord and Christian Eriksen’s joining on a free transfer. Eriksen moved to United from Tottenham Hotspur.
The club that plays at Old Trafford declared that it was “delighted” to announce that it has come to an agreement with Ajax.
“The transfer is still subject to a medical examination and the contractual agreement of both teams with the player,” the Dutch club stated in a statement. “The transfer is still subject to the contractual agreement of both clubs with the player.”
“The defender has a contract with Ajax that runs through the 30th of June in the year 2025. Ajax and the English club came to an agreement on a transfer fee of 57.37 million euros. There are variables that could cause that price to rise to 67.37 million euros.”
Martinez was a member of the Ajax team that won the Eredivisie in 2021 and 2022, as well as the Dutch Cup in 2021, while Erik ten Hag, who is now the manager at United, was Martinez’s coach at Ajax.
In addition, Ajax’s players voted him player of the year for the 2021–22 campaign.