The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Ajax in recent weeks after enjoying another successful season in Amsterdam and could find himself at the centre of a transfer tussle.
What is the latest news involving Martinez?
Dutch journalist Mike Verweij (via Fabrizio Romano) has revealed that Arsenal have ‘submitted a new bid’ for Martinez after their opening offer was rejected.
It’s claimed the Gunners put forward a proposal worth €40 million (£34.5m) plus add-ons, although Ajax are holding out for a €50m (£43m) fee.
Verweij also states that United have been in touch with Martinez’s agent, though, as new manager Erik ten Hag continues to explore the possibility of a reunion with his former player.
However, whether Ajax are prepared to sanction the Argentina international’s sale at all remains to be seen as they have already watched a host of first-team stars depart the club.
What has Crook said about Martinez?
Crook has informed GiveMeSport that he cannot envisage Ajax offloading too many of their top stars in a single window and that any deal may hinge on ‘what happens with Antony’.
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He told GMS: “I don’t see them selling Haller, Antony and Martinez. So, I think that might be dependent on what happens with Antony.
“I think Arsenal are probably further down the line with him, although United are interested.”
Would Martinez be a good signing?
Martinez’s versatility is one of his key attributes as although he’s most comfortable at centre-back, he is also capable of playing at the base of midfield or left-back.
But standing at just 5 foot 9, Martinez has a rather unique set of attributes for a player in his position compared to a more traditional central defender.
As per FBref, he has ranked in the 99th percentile for tackles, progressive passes, assists, and shot-creating actions, and the 96th for progressive carries when compared to his positional peers over the last 12 months.
Martinez, therefore, should have no issues adapting to Mikel Arteta’s possession-oriented style of play should he make the switch to Arsenal.