Man United pursue Martinez amid uncertainty over De Jong transfer

Sources told ESPN that Manchester United are pressuring Ajax to agree a fee for Lysandro Martinez as there are growing fears they will have to face tough times to close the deal for Frankie de Jong.

United have told Ajax that they are willing to pay 50 million for the 24-year-old, although they are keeping more money between Arsenal’s next interest.

The Dutch side is discussing the background of uncertainty about De Jong’s whereabouts.

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Sources told ESPN that discussions are ongoing despite Barcelona’s public claim that the midfielder is not available for transfer, but there is uncertainty at Old Trafford about whether a deal is possible.

United have agreed an initial fee of around € 65m for De Jong, but sources told ESPN that significant hurdles remain to be overcome.

After the Spanish side agreed to a pay cut to recover from the Covid-19 epidemic, the Dutchman has a pay issue, realizing that his remaining contract, which runs until 2026, will be returned.

Performance-based add-ons are also not yet agreed.

Sources told ESPN that there is a feeling at United that the deal for Martinez is more attainable now and that Argentina, who can play on defense and as a midfielder, could be guaranteed a move to Old Trafford if Ajax want to stop Arsenal. . Fee settlement.

United left for Bangkok on Friday to begin the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, with the only new face on the team being left-handed Tyrell Malaysia. Christian Eriksen is still on the verge of signing a three-year contract, but is not expected to fly because it has been rolled out.

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be out of the group and his future will be in the air.

Sources also told ESPN that United have been approached about the possibility of signing Paulo Diabala, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Juventus.

Inter Milan’s interest has cooled following the expulsion of Romelu Lukakula from Chelsea, and Argentine representatives are now considering raising interest rates from Premier League clubs, including United, according to sources.

Ronaldo, who is keen to leave the club this summer, will not leave Old Trafford, with United insisting he is interested in Diabala.

Meanwhile, sources told ESPN that United are interested in striker Brian Broby.

The 20-year-old scored seven goals in 13 games on loan to Ajax from RB Leipzig last season. United are already in touch with the German side about an agreement and are expected to accept a fee of less than m 20m.

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