Arsenal make improved £34m offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as Mikel Arteta aims to get the club’s summer business wrapped up early… but the Dutch side want at least £43m
- Arsenal are keen to sign Ajax and Argentina star Lisandro Martinez this summer
- Martinez is Mikel Arteta’s top defensive target and has a £43million price tag
- Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal is also expected to be finalised imminently
- And a meeting is planned between Arsenal and Leeds this week over Raphinha
Arsenal have made an improved £34million offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
But the Argentina centre-back, who is Mikel Arteta’s prime defensive target, is instead valued by his current club at around £43m.
Lisandro Martinez is Arsenal’s top defensive target with the club eyeing a left centre-back
Arsenal want to wrap up their transfer business early this summer to aid Arteta’s preparations.
They have agreed terms on a £45m deal for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus and plan a further meeting with Leeds United this week for Brazilian winger Raphina.
Talks over a defensive midfielder have been put on hold as they concentrate on priority areas and their offer for Martinez reflects how important they consider him to their project.
Confirmation of Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal should also come at some point this week