When Maguire was signed for £80 million in 2019, many believed United's defensive woes would be resolved. Nothing had changed after two years, so Solskjaer decided to spend £34 million on Varane in 2021, but even he hasn't fixed United's defensive problems.
One of Ten Hag's summer priorities is to find the best solution for United's defence. Signing another dependable defender appears to be the best option.
Jurrien Timber, the Ajax talent of the year, has been heavily linked with a move to United, but United Focus, citing the Athletic, claims Ten Hag could turn down Timber and instead target his former club's player of the year, Lisandro Martinez. Ajax's defence has been steadily improving since Martinez joined the club in 2019.
According to United Focus,
"A move for Martinez would be in place of a transfer for Jurrien Timber. Ajax’s player of the season award went to Martinez, with centre-back partner Timber winning talent of the year.
"The Telegraph reports Martinez would cost £25 million, making him a potential bargain addition to United’s backline."
You're probably wondering how Ten Hag got from Timber to Martinez. According to United Focus, Ajax would rather let their 24-year-old Martinez go than their 20-year-old academy graduate, Timber. Signing Timber is a risk given his lack of experience, but Martinez has experience in Argentina as well as at Ajax, which should allow him to hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
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