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TRANSFER TALK: Barcelona Set To Add Ajax Defender To Summer Wish List

Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Ajax center-back Lisandro Martinez this summer.

The Catalans are eager to strengthen their defense this summer and will look to negotiate a cut-price deal with Ajax for the Argentine defender.

According to reports, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants the club to sign a defender this summer as he continues his search for Gerard Pique’s long-term replacement.

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Barcelona were heavily linked with a move for David Alaba in recent months, with reports suggesting that the Austrian’s agent had opened negotiations with newly-elected club president Joan Laporta. However, the Bayern Munich defender reportedly has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

The Catalan giants have also been linked with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Pau Torres, who will both likely cost in excess of £50 million.

Barcelona are currently facing a debt of €1.2 billion, which will directly affect their performance in the upcoming summer transfer window. They will subsequently look to sign a cheaper alternative.

Lisandro Martinez joined Ajax from Defensa y Justicia in the summer of 2019. The Argentine quickly became a regular starter for the Dutch giants, making 41 appearances in all competitions for the club last season.

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Martinez has been in impressive form for Ajax this season, and his consistent performances have caught the attention of Barcelona.

Ajax are reportedly willing to accept bids for Martinez in the range of €25 million. However, Barcelona will face heavy competition for the defender’s signature from AC Milan, Lazio and Paris-Saint Germain.

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