Arsenal made an approach to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax prior to the defender completing a transfer to Manchester United.
But the Gunners missed out on the Argentine international as they were not prepared to stump up enough cash. Arsenal currently top the Premier League table after an impressive start, with Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba forming a solid partnership at the back.
Mikel Arteta also has the likes of Ben White, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu as back-up options in central defence, but it seems he was keen to add Martinez to his ranks, as revealed by Ajax’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, who eventually sold the 24-year-old to his old club United.
Speaking to The Athletic, Van der Sar said: “Arsenalcame earlier for Lisandro, but it was an amount where we said, ‘Thank you very much for the offer, but we’d rather keep the player than start negotiating’.”
Van der Sar then explained how United’s good relationship with Ajax from previous deals, coupled with the fact ex-boss Erik ten Hag was now in charge at Old Trafford, stood the Red Devils in good stead during the negotiation process.
“With United, it was a little bit different,” he continued. “Over the years we have had a few conversations: Daley Blind, Donny van de Beek. My job is making sure I make the best decisions for Ajax.”
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