Arsenal determined to agree deal for South American No.21 centre-back

Arsenal have submitted a third bid for Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez, with the Gunners keen to finalise a deal for the Argentine as Man Utd are still circling around him.

Dutch giants have turned down two bids in the last week from the Gunners, the first of which was around £26m.

That fell significantly below Ajax’s £43m price tag for their star player and Mikel Arteta’s side followed that up with a second bid of around £34m.

Though Eredivise champions took more time to consider that offer, it was also turned down.

However, the Gunners are increasingly wary of the threat posed by the Red Devils and Erik ten Hag, who are ready to move on to other targets after agreeing on a deal to secure services of Frenkie de Jong.

The 20-times English champions have prioritised talks for De Jong in the last month, leaving the door open for Arsenal to sign Martinez.

However, they’re now ready to firm up their interest, which has prompted the Gunners to submit a third bid for the 24-year-old.

According to the Sun, Mikel Arteta’s side’s latest offer includes a similar downpayment to the second bid, however, with greater add-ons.

It stays to be seen how Ajax will respond to the offer but the Red Devils are expected to submit a rival bid of their own.