Dutch reporter claims United’s latest bid for Lisandro Martinez won’t be enough

Although Manchester United have submitted an improved £43 million bid for Lisandro Martinez, with add-ons included, it is believed that Ajax are saying that the Argentine’s departure is still out of the question.

The bid was reported by the Daily Mail on Friday morning and the article stated that United had reached the Dutch side’s asking price to beat Arsenal to the defender’s signature.

However, that no longer seems to be the case.

De Telegraaf’s chief football reporter Mike Verweij revealed an update on Dutch television this evening, and it doesn’t look like United’s second bid for Martinez has been successful.

He said (via Sport Bible): “Ajax are still saying that a departure of Lisandro Martinez is out of the question, even for Manchester United’s current bid of €50m – so they have to go even higher.”

It has been suggested that Manchester United want €50m to be a guaranteed sum rather than the €45m + €5m in add-ons which Verweij previously said United had offered in their second bid.

The first team jetted off for the first leg of their pre-season tour today and with just one new signing named in the 31-man squad, the clock is ticking against John Murtough and the recruitment team to deliver.

Fans are still waiting to hear positive news on Christian Eriksen, while there’s still some work to be done to complete a deal for Barcelona midfield ace Frenkie de Jong.

Patience has been required this summer.

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  1. It’s unbelievable how we are unable to compete financially. Joel Glazer is out of touch with the reality of the transfer market. Just as out of touch is the Boardwalk haven’t kept in line with the way the game has changed in the last 5 years. We will lose out on our targets. It’s a JOKE.

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