According to Marciano Vink, Ajax should target selling Lisandro Martinez for 35 million, but the Arsenal goal is bettersuited to La Liga than the Premier League.
Arsenal has a better track record than most signings from the Dutch top flight. After all, Marc Overmars, Robin van Persie, and Thomas Vermaelen had an unhappy start to his stint in North London.
Is Lisandro Martinez more Van Persie than Helder?
According to The Athletic, the 24-year-old Argentina international has become Arsenal''s leading defensive target. Although Martinez will not come cheap, his versatility and tactical intelligence might be worth its weight in gold.
The former Newells Old Boys player is not just a great central defender. He can also fill in at left-back a position that has given Mikel Arteta more aches than a six-year-old, shunning down a whole lot of Viennetta ice cream, posing a challenge for Granit Xhaka in the defensive role.
Martinez is a well-fated and aggressive defender. He also demonstrates that for the Argentine national team, according to Vink, who went from humble to Eredivisie in 1990.
I believe that the system, the way Ajax play, and the relationship with (Jurrien) Timber made him an even better player. It''s like two pit bulls standing there (au cur of Ajax''s defence)
He has a very good pass and improves the play well. He also reads the game well.I just wonder if he is truly capable of playing in England.I would rather see him in the Spanish league.I think that is his advantage.
Arsenal''s opening offer was denied by Ajax. However, Vink believes that, if the Gunners are willing to put another ten million on the table, Martinez will soon be clearing his locker.
Holding on to your players is a bit of a utopia, according to Vink. If there is so much economic gain to be made, you, as Ajax, should always focus on the next one (the player to replace Martinez). I believe forty million euros should certainly be negociable.