Ajax shocked with United £48.5million Martinez bid

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Dutch team Ajax were shocked when Manchester United tabled £48.5million for centre back Lisandro Martinez.

Dutch journalist Mike Verweij has stated that Ajax were left shocked when Manchester United bid £48.5million for centre back Lisandro Martinez.

The Argentine who played under Erik Ten Hag at Ajax was eager to work with the Dutch at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, who arrived from Ajax this summer, recruited his former player Martinez in July for £48.5million from the Eredivisie champions.

The centre-back has edured a tough start to life in the Premier League, being caught out in his side’s losses against Brighton and Brentford.

According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij stated that Ajax themselves were shocked by the offer they received for their defender who played 37 games for them last season.

“When a €50m offer was placed for Martinez, Ajax asked themselves: ‘when will another club be placing such a high bid for a 1.75m centre-back? Only a Premier League club would be willing to do that,” he said.

“And then the €57m/€67m offer came in, they believed it was totally irresponsible not to accept it. Within Ajax they were completely surprised that such a gigantic offer was placed.”

Martinez was taken off in the 4-0 loss against Brentford away from home last week and was replaced by Raphael Varane.

Manchester United who have had a tough season so far, losing two games out  of two will host Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday.

 

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