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Real Madrid Identify This Eredivisie Defender As A Target: Should Ancelotti Get Him On Board?

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El Gol Digital has recently reported that Real Madrid have identified AFC Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as a target. It is believed that Los Blancos are making use of Big Data analytics to identify the Argentine defender as a potential option for the future (via El Gol Digital).

Martinez’s Decent Run Of Form At The Johan Cruyff Arena

The 23-year-old was a consistent performer at the heart of the Ajax backline last season as he produced a series of commanding displays for the Dutch outfit over the past 12 months. The Gualeguay-born defensive ace scored three goals and grabbed one assist in 42 appearances for his current employers in the previous campaign in multiple competitions.

Martinez was a rock at the back for Ajax after he averaged 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.9 clearances, 1.2 shots and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Dutch Eredivisie. He was even excellent when interchanging possession with his teammates, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 88.5% in the Dutch top tier (stats via whoscored).

The two-time Argentine international is currently one of the best centre-halves in Dutch football. Therefore, Los Blancos would have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about bringing him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium this summer.

Real Madrid identify Lisandro Martinez as a target (Martinez is seen in the picture)
ARNHEM – Lisandro Martinez of Ajax celebrates the 1-3 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax in the Gelredome on May 16, 2021 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN Dutch Eredivisie 2020/2021 xVIxANPxSportx/xxANPxIVx *** ARNHEM Lisandro Martinez of Ajax celebrates the 1 3 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax in the Gelredome on May 16, 2021 in Arnhem, the Netherlands ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN Dutch Eredivisie 2020 2021 xVIxANPxSportx xxANPxIVx 431424773

Should Los Blancos Get Martinez On Board This Summer?

Martinez is a hard-working defender who has got a great leap in him that helps him compete for the ball in the air. He can time his tackles well to earn the ball back on the defensive end of the field. The Argentine centre-back is not afraid to put his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive. He is usually calm when in possession of the ball and excels at playing his way out from the back.

Recruiting a defender of Martinez’s quality could turn out to be a shrewd move for Los Blancos as he is only going to get better with each year. The South American sensation can compete with Nacho Fernandez, David Alaba and Eder Militao for a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s first team next season. He will even add some energy and dynamism to the Real Madrid backline this summer.

At 23, Martinez is about to enter his prime soon, so he will be a brilliant signing for the Madrid giants in the long run. Thus, Ancelotti should consider getting the Argentine centre-half on board before the transfer window slams shut at the end of next month.

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