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Ajax waiting on Arsenal to rival United’s latest bid for Lisandro Martinez

On Friday, Manchester United submitted an improved £43 million bid for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, but the Eredivisie champions are yet to accept the offer.

The latest on the situation is that Ajax are doing their utmost to stir up an auction between the two Premier League sides.

While Ajax are mindful that Martinez, 24, is desperate for a move to England, the Daily Mail claims the Dutch giants are waiting to see if Arsenal make a rival bid for the Argentina international.

The new offer is thought to be close to Ajax’s valuation of the player.

However, De Telegraaf’s chief football reporter Mike Verweij revealed an update on Dutch television last night, stating that it didn’t look like United’s second bid for Martinez had been successful.

Verweij said: “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.”

But the MailOnline are not saying the second bid has been rejected. Instead, Ajax are waiting to see if Arsenal are still in the race to sign Martinez.

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