Ajax player Lisandro Martinez during the Eredivisie match against SC Heerenveen at the Abe Lenstra Stadium. February 2020.

Comparing Lisandro Martinez’s stats to Man Utd’s current centre-backs

After closing in on deals for Tyrell Malacia and Frenkie de Jong, Manchester United have now turned their attention to Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez. 

United have spent around £150million on centre-backs in the last five years but are yet to replace the Rio Ferdinand-Nemanja Vidic axis.

Their tally of 57 goals conceded in the Premier League in the 2021-22 season was their most in a top-flight campaign since 1978-79.

Erik ten Hag had started the summer with Jurrien Timber as his number one defensive transfer target but is now looking to sign Martinez instead. 

The Argentina international, who can also play at left-back and in midfield, was taken to Ajax by Ten Hag in 2019 and is reportedly keen on a reunion.

“Martinez is very high on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, so I expect big developments in the next 24 or 48 hours,” Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan said earlier this week. “Martinez will also have his hopes pinned on United, who are an absolute top club for him.

“Ajax will really cash out for Martinez and go to €45-50million, but that is the advantage if two clubs bid, as we saw with Lyon and Manchester United, then it suddenly goes higher.”

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, United are now preparing their first bid for the defender but face competition from Arsenal.

We’ve compared Martinez’s 2021-22 Eredivisie stats to the corresponding Premier League figures of Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof. 

Note: we’ve not included Eric Bailly or Phil Jones due to their lack of Premier League appearances last season.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Lisandro Martinez – 2.3 (85.1%)
Raphael Varane – 1.4 (70%)
Harry Maguire – 1.2 (74.9%)
Victor Lindelof – 0.6 (74.9%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Lisandro Martinez – 3.7 (69.8%)
Raphael Varane – 2.8 (73.6%)
Harry Maguire – 2.7 (72.9%)
Victor Lindelof – 2.0 (60.6%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Lisandro Martinez – 2.2
Harry Maguire – 1.1
Victor Lindelof – 1.0
Raphael Varane – 0.9

Fouls per 90 minutes
Raphael Varane – 0.2
Victor Lindelof – 0.7
Harry Maguire – 0.8
Lisandro Martinez – 0.8

Clearances per 90 minutes
Raphael Varane – 3.8
Harry Maguire – 3.6
Victor Lindelof – 3.6
Lisandro Martinez – 3.1

Passing accuracy
Lisandro Martinez – 88.9%
Raphael Varane – 87.8%
Victor Lindelof – 87.8%
Harry Maguire – 86.4%

Passes completed per 90 minutes
Lisandro Martinez – 82.3
Raphael Varane – 49.7
Harry Maguire – 48.3
Victor Lindelof – 46.2

Harry Maguire – 1
Lisandro Martinez – 1
Raphael Varane – 1
Victor Lindelof – 0

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