Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd confirm deal with Lisandro Martinez and Arsenal latest

FILE: Man Utd agree with Ajax to sign defender Martinez

Football’s transfer machinery continues to work and speculation is rife as Premier League clubs and others across Europe scramble to finalize their squads for the new season.

Lisandro Martinez travels to Old Trafford after Manchester United confirmed they have agreed a deal with Ajax worth up to £57m and the Argentina international defender will join forces with his former boss Erik ten Hag.

Arsenal were also interested in the Argentina international but missed out on left centre-back despite the prospect of playing for Mikel Arteta appealing to him.

In other news, Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the verge of a shock move to Atletico Madrid, Armando Broja is getting closer to joining West Ham from Chelsea, Arsenal are looking to tie at least one of Oleksandr Zinchenko or Youri Tielemans and Matthijs de Ligt is from Juventus tied to FC Bayern Munich.

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Can another deep-rooted Christian Eriksen transform Manchester United?

In the ambulance that took Christian Eriksen from Parken to the emergency room at Copenhagen’s largest hospital, he told the paramedics present that they could take his boots because he wouldn’t need them anymore. writes Mark Critchley.

The cardiac arrest that almost tragically ended his life while competing at the European Championships last summer had surely ended his career, he thought. And yet he signed for Manchester United just over a year later.

Eriksen’s recovery and extraordinary return to the game was last season’s feel-good story, especially as it ended with him helping newly promoted Brentford comfortably avoid relegation. Thomas Frank’s side were only three points clear of relegation before his first start in early March, but in his eleven appearances they averaged two points per game. It was more than enough to get Brentford to safety. In fact, such an average over an entire season would have been enough to finish in the top four.

The question now is whether his signing at Old Trafford can have a similarly electrifying effect when his presence elevates another team to Champions League standards.


Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite secures transfer to PSV Eindhoven

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is on loan for the season at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

The 20-year-old, who has made 13 appearances for the Toffees since joining from Carlisle in 2020, will join Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s team for the 2022/23 season.

The centre-back remains part of Everton’s long-term plans after signing a new contract with the club last December but will be given a chance to further develop his game in the Dutch Eredivisie.


Who is Bayern Munich now? Robert Lewandowski’s impending departure raises identity issues

Timing is part of the striker’s art. Robert Lewandowski can time his arrival in the penalty area better than almost anyone else. So many times has he been first to the ball, most recently he was reportedly last in practice, apparently late for three days in a row. writes Richard Jolly.

A pouting striker appeared to be sending a message. It was noticed. A day later, FC Bayern Munich announced that a deal had been agreed. Lewandowski will join one of the worst Barcelona sides of the past four decades.

Maybe not that he would put it that way. But if Bayern Munich’s status as a target club feels threatened, if talismans migrate to Spain’s superpowers and Lewandowski follows in the footsteps of David Alaba, who joined Real Madrid last year, it suggests they could be bored if they win the Bundesliga.

In this context, summer signing Sadio Mane and likely recruit Matthijs de Ligt take on importance that goes beyond the addition of an attacker to bolster an attacking line that will soon be led by Lewandowski and a defense that will feature first Alaba and then Niklas Sule are deprived, strengthened have switched free transfers in consecutive summers.


Gareth Bale makes LAFC debut as side triumph over Nashville

In transfer news already concluded, Gareth Bale is now starting to settle in at LAFC – having made his debut for the Los Angeles-based club last night.

The Welshman helped LA to a 2-1 win over Nashville Soccer Club after being unveiled earlier this month after agreeing to a one-year deal that will help his preparations for Wales’ participation in the World Cup in Qatar .

Substituted for the end of the game, he impressed with his first touch at the club after just five minutes, completing a stunning backheel pass.

Bale, who turns 33 at the end of this week, previously revealed he has longer-term ambitions with LA and sees no reason why he won’t stay in the United States well beyond the terms of his current deal.


William Saliba ‘is in the plans’ for Arsenal

Arsenal centre-back William Saliba has impressed on loan in Ligue 1 in recent years but is aiming for a breakthrough this season at the Emirates Stadium in a bid to secure a place in France’s World Cup squad.

And Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the 21-year-old is part of his thinking this season, urging him to take his chance.

During Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States, Arteta stated: “He’s in the plans. We cannot guarantee first-team football to anyone on this team – you can ask that question to anyone.

“What we guarantee is that the ones we really see and think will take us to the next level, they will play many minutes.

“He’s a real talent and showed what he can do last year. But football is about what you do the next day – what everyone did three months ago or a month ago doesn’t really matter. It’s what you do tomorrow and he’ll have a chance to play.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Atlético Madrid?

A potential shock Madrid return could be on the cards as Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly convinced Diego Simeone to sign him for Atletico.

Ronaldo has made no secret of his desire to leave Manchester United to play Champions League football and Atletico play the ball despite the 37-year-old being a legend for fierce rivals Real Madrid.

The market for Ronaldo hasn’t been as resilient as the Portuguese had hoped, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich having closed each other out and the striker turning down a lucrative offer from an unnamed Saudi Arabian club.

Spanish outlet Diario AS are now claiming that they could return to the Spanish capital with Atletico.


Matthijs de Ligt has joined Bayern Munich for £68m

A big move on the continent as Bayern Munich have agreed a £68million deal to sign centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports from Juventus heaven in Germany among other.

The Bundesliga champions are paying an initial £59.5million plus a further £8.5million in add-ons, with the deal running until the summer of 2027.

The Netherlands international is still only 22 and is expected to complete his medical in Munich today, with Fabrizio Romano also confirming the move.


Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United reach £47m deal with Ajax for Argentina defender

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ajax on the £47m transfer of defender Lisandro Martinez, which could rise to £55m.

The Argentina centre-back will become United manager Erik ten Hag’s third summer signing at Old Trafford, subject to a medical, and is expected to sign a five-year contract with an option for a further year.

Ajax confirmed in a statement the deal includes a further £8.5m in potential additions for the 24-year-old international.

Ten Hag coached the defender at Ajax last season and Martinez follows Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen who join the club this summer.

Manchester United said: “Manchester United are delighted to announce that the club have reached an agreement with Ajax on the transfer of Argentina international defender Lisandro Martinez, subject to medical treatment, final terms for the players and UK visa requirements.”


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