Edwin van der Sar has actually opened on Arsenal’s summer season pursuit of Lisandro Martinez, and Manchester United’s subsequent finalizing of the Argentine.
Martinez has actually rapidly developed himself as one of United’s crucial gamers in the early days of the Erik 10 Hag period, getting rid of a hard start to the season to show himself as a property for his brand-new club.
But things might’ve been a lot various had Arsenal got their method previously in the summer season transfer window, having actually revealed an interest in signing the protector from Ajax prior to United got the offer done.
Van der Sar, who works as president at Ajax, informed The Athletic of the Gunners’ stopped working pursuit: “Arsenal came earlier for Lisandro, but it was an amount where we said, ‘Thank you very much for the offer, but we’d rather keep the player than start negotiating’.
“With United, it was a bit various,” he added: “Over the years we have had a couple of discussions: Daley Blind, Donny van de Beek.
“My job is making sure I make the best decisions for Ajax.”
Martinez wound up penning a five-year handle the Red Devils in an offer worth as much as £57 million, with Van der Sar approving the sale to his previous companies with a greater deal provided.
United would go back to work with Ajax later on in the window, parting with an even bigger £86m charge to reward Brazilian winger Antony far from the club.
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