A fresh insight into Premier League outfit Arsenal’s ongoing pursuit of Ajax star Lisandro Martinez has been provided on Sunday.
The name of stopper Martinez has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines on the red half of north London over the course of the week to date.
This comes after the transfer team at Arsenal, altogether out of the blue, were revealed to have tabled an opening offer for the Argentine’s services.
Ajax, for their part, opted to rebuff the proposal, understood to have come in around the €30 million mark.
🚨 Arsenal defensive priority this window is Lisandro Martinez. Wanted for ability to play LCB / LB + 24yo Argentina international said to be keen. Sources indicate ~€30m bid already rejected by #Ajax but #AFC will keep pushing. That & more @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/OxgBbdOOAo
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 17, 2022
If the latest word stemming from the media on Sunday is anything to go by, though, then it appears that Mikel Arteta and co. are far from ready to call time on their Martinez pursuit.
As per reliable Argentine journalist Roy Nemer, a follow-up bid is being readied by those in a position of power at Arsenal, keen to test the resolve of their Ajax counterparts.
Such an offer is expected to come in around the €35 million mark, inching ever closer to the alleged demands of the Eredivisie champions.
— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) June 19, 2022
Arsenal’s keenness to get a deal for Martinez over the line as quickly as possible comes with the 24-year-old also understood to be on the wishlist of a number of rival Premier League clubs.
Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle are all too keeping a close eye on the situation, ahead of what could prove one of the transfer sagas of the summer.
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