MANCHESTER UNITED are set to battle Arsenal for Lisandro Martinez after Jurrien Timber snubbed a reunion with Erik ten Hag.
The new Red Devils boss, who worked with the star at Ajax, considered Timber one of his major transfer targets this summer.
Now those hopes of bringing the 21-year-old to Old Trafford have suffered a blow after reports emerged that the defender has decided the move would be too risky.
With the World Cup in November, a switch to the Premier League would be too much of a shake-up for him “at this time”.
Now Dutch journalist Mike Verweij claims that United have “switched their attention to Lisandro Martinez” following Timber’s rejection.
The ace, 24, played 118 times in total for Ajax and was a regular in Ten Hag's side last season.
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The Argentina international was the subject of a £25m bid by Arsenal last week, an offer that was rejected.
This fresh report claims that the Gunners could return with another offer for the player.
But he states that no official bid was tabled – instead they just made Ajax aware that they were interested and would be willing to pay £25m for him.
However, Ajax “did not want to talk about his sale” as they left the North London club in no doubt that they were not interested in any deal.
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United struggled at the back last season, with skipper Harry Maguire often coming under-fire for his performances.
Raphael Varane also struggled for consistency in an injury-hit first campaign at Old Trafford.
United are yet to make a transfer this summer, but Ten Hag appears open to linking up with his ex-player to help bolster his leaky backline.
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