If the move for Martinez does kick up another notch, he could become United's second signing of the summer after Tyrell Malacia arrived from Feyeno
If the move for Martinez does kick up another notch, he could become United’s second signing of the summer after Tyrell Malacia arrived from Feyenoord. Ten Hag’s approach is clear so far, with the 52-year-old focusing on the familiar territory of Dutch football to try and bring in their brightest and best-value talent.
The manager’s key target, Frenkie de Jong, also has an Ajax connection after he left the Amsterdam-based side to join Barcelona in 2019. United have poured significant time and effort into convincing De Jong that Old Trafford should be the next step in his career, and were thought to have agreed an initial £56m fee.
However, Barca President Joan Laporta is adamant that the player wants to stay in Catalonia, and Chelsea are now sniffing around the possibility of a dramatic hijack.