Arsenal and Manchester United target ‘ready to force’ transfer as Brazilian star sends Lyon message

One of Arsenal’s key targets is ready to step up his attempts to leave Ajax.

Ajax star Lisandro Martinez is willing to force a move to the Premier League as Arsenal compete with Manchester United for his signature.

The Argentina international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as new Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag looks to secure a reunion with a player that became a big part of the success he achieved with the Dutch giants.

The 13-time Premier League champions are believed to have submitted a £43million move for Martinez and are confident they can complete a deal before the start of the new season.

Ajax are said to be demanding around £50million for their prized asset - and the Mirror have revealed Martinez’s team-mates believe their stubbornness could force the centre-back to refuse to train in a bid to force a move.

Arsenal are also reportedly keen as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his defensive ranks - although the report states Martinez has made it clear he wants to move to Old Trafford and is ‘urging’ Ajax to agree a deal over the coming days.

Gunners boost as Brazil star requests move

Reports in France have suggested Lyon star Lucas Paqueta has submitted a transfer request.

L’Equipe have claimed the Brazilian international has asked to leave the Ligue 1 club this summer and stated Lyon will not stand in his way if a suitable offer is received.

French outlet Media Foot claimed Newcastle have launched a £33million bid for the attacking midfielder but there have also been reports Arsenal are ‘pushing hard’ to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.

A figure of over £40million could be needed to tempt the highly-rated star to the Premier League as Mikel Arteta looks to add a fifth Brazilian star to his squad following the summer signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.