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Lisandro Martinez bidding war

Manchester United are confident of beating Arsenal to signing Lisandro Martinez after meeting with Ajax chiefs.

United have reportedly tabled a fee just shy of £40m for Martinez.

The Dutch champs’ new director of football Klaas-Jan Huntelaar travelled to London on Saturday to meet with United reps, according to the Mirror.

And after talks with Huntelaar, the Red Devils are said to be confident of beating the Gunners in the race to sign the centre-back.

The Manchester giants have made a bid worth an initial £35.3m, with a further £4.3m available in add-ons.

The total package works out at £39.6m, with the Amsterdam giants reportedly valuing the Argentina international at £43m.

Martinez would rather reunite with former boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford than join the Gunners.

According to The Athletic, United have “edged ahead as favourites” to land the 24-year-old for around £35m