ERIK TEN HAG is getting ready to signing Lisandro Martinez – and the stats recommend he might be the solution to Manchester United’s defensive woes.
The Purple Devils were given their pre-season off to a flying get started with a 4-0 win over Liverpool, as lovers shared their pleasure on the new Ten Hag generation.
United performed some excellent, free-flowing soccer however there are nonetheless questions marks over their defence following a stunning 2021-22 season.
However the Outdated Trafford facet are at the cusp of finishing a £46m for Ajax ace Martinez.
And the stats recommend the defender – who labored underneath Ten Hag in Holland – is the easiest are compatible the new-look squad.
The Argentine ace, 24, is a ball-playing rock – precisely what the Dutch leader wishes.
Having a look at United’s present crop of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Eric Bailly – he’s going to be the primary title at the team-sheet.
Remaining season, Martinez finished an outstanding 87.7 passes in line with 90 mins – miles forward of United’s present top-four choices.
Maguire is second-best in passes in line with fit at 61.3, with Bailly the bottom on 51.4.
Martinez additionally leads the best way in tackles in line with fit at 1.9, forward of Varane (1.4), Maguire (1), Bailly (0.8) and Lindelof (0.7).
Best Maguire (3.4 in line with 90) gained extra aerial duels than Martinez (3) ultimate season – with the Argentine creating a name for being dominant within the air due to his massive vertical soar and competitive mindset.
Martinez could also be miles forward in the case of ownership gained in line with fit.
The Ajax guy regained the ball 9.1 occasions in line with 90 mins, forward of Bailly (6.6), Maguire, Lindelof (each 5.6) and Varane (3.8).
Martinez ranks ultimate in clearances and moment ultimate in blocks, forward of handiest Varane.
On the other hand, with Ajax storming to the Eredivisie identify and United completing the season nearer to the relegation zone than the champions in the case of issues, it suggests Martinez wasn’t had to transparent up reasonably so ceaselessly.
SunSport understands United are just about finalising Martinez’s switch to Outdated Trafford after creating a leap forward of their talks with Ajax.
Outdated Trafford chiefs prior to now presented £42m for the defender – simply shy of the Dutch facet’s asking worth.
Guy Utd have been additionally serious about bringing Martinez’s team-mate Jurrien Trees to Outdated Trafford.
However in keeping with The Telegraph, Ajax aren’t keen to promote each this summer time.
United have already raided the Eredivisie as soon as this summer time after signing left-back Tyrrell Malacia from Feyenoord.