Manchester United have announced the signing of Lisandro Martinez, paying Ajax €68M for the Argentinian defender.
Soon after Erik ten Hag left the reigning Eredivisie champion to take charge at Old Trafford, it became clear that he wanted to take Martinez with him to Manchester.
He had managed the Argentine for two full seasons at Ajax and in that time, the centre back become one of the best players in the country, being named the club’s Player of the Year for the 2021/22 campaign.
In the second week of July, it was widely reported that the two sides had reached an agreement, and the signing has now been officially announced.
“It’s an honour to join this great football club,” Martinez told the official Man Utd website.
“I’ve worked so hard to get to this moment and, now that I’m here, I’m going to push myself even further.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of successful teams in my career and that’s what I want to continue at Manchester United. There will be a lot of work to get to that moment, but I firmly believe that, under this manager and coaches, and together with my new team-mates, we can do it.
“I want to thank Ajax and their fans for all the support they gave me. I had an unbelievable time there but feel the moment is right to test myself in another environment. Now I am at the perfect club to do this.”