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Manchester United have backed up their crushing over Melbourne Victory by adding two stars to their ranks.
Meanwhile, Raphinha has joined Barcelona from Leeds, while there’s been more action around the Premier League as the new season inches closer.
MAN UTD’S LATEST $85M MOVE IN TRANSFER WINDOW
Argentine international defender Lisandro Martinez is set to become Manchester United’s third signing of the transfer window after the English giants agreed a deal with Ajax.
Ajax confirmed United will pay an initial 57 million euros ($A85m) with a further 10 million euros in performance-related bonuses.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Argentine international defender Lisandro Martinez, subject to medical, to player terms being finalised, and to UK visa requirements,” United said in a statement.
Martinez is set to be reunited with his former boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag has already added midfielder Christian Eriksen and left-back Tyrell Malacia to a squad that finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last year.
Martinez moved to Ajax from Defensa y Justicia in his homeland, winning two Eredivisie titles and helping the Dutch champions reach the last 16 of the Champions League last season.
It comes after Eriksen agreed to a three-year contract with United on Friday after an impressive loan spell with Brentford in the second half of last season.
The 30-year-old’s switch to United completes an incredible return after his brush with death last year.
Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in Copenhagen while playing for Denmark at the European Championship and was forced to leave Inter Milan after recovering due to Serie A health regulations.
Eriksen, fitted with a implantable cardioverter defibrillator, proved his form and fitness during a loan spell at Brentford in the second half of last season.
He played 11 times in the Premier League for the Bees, scoring once and providing four assists.
Eriksen was chased by several other teams but, despite their recent struggles, the lure of playing for a such a historic global giant was too hard to resist.
“Manchester United is a special club, and I cannot wait to get started,” Eriksen said.
“I have had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford many times but to do it in the red shirt of United will be an amazing feeling.”