Premier League transfer spending three times higher than last season, according to industry expert
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Manchester United confirmed their second signing on Friday and might unveil a third today with Lisandro Martinez poised to join Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen as a new player at Old Trafford. Arsenal have lost out in the race to sign the Ajax defender and will move on to alternatives.
United confirmed the arrival of Eriksen on a free transfer on Friday afternoon. And the versatile Martinez will soon join him for £46million while the Red Devils continue to try and sign Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
Arsenal have made four signings and wanted Martinez as their fifth. Instead, they will move on to Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and are hopeful of wrapping up a £35m agreement imminently.
Tottenham have been another club busy but they are set to confirm Djed Spence as arrival number six for a fee of £12.5million rising to add-ons. Spence completed his medical on Friday. While Chelsea will soon confirm Kalidou Koulibaly as their latest arrival after Raheem Sterling.
Express Sport keeps you up to date on all the Premier League comings and goings in the summer transfer market below.
Chelsea confirm Koulibaly
Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly on a four-year deal from Napoli.
“I’m very happy to be here with this team at Chelsea,” said Koulibaly.
“It’s a big team in the world and my dream was always to play in the Premier League. Chelsea came first to get me in 2016 but we didn’t make it. Now when they came to me I accepted it because they really wanted me to come to the Premier League to play for them.
“When I spoke to my good friends Edou [Mendy] and Jorginho they made my choice easier.”
Man Utd medical today
Ajax star Lisandro Martinez was spotted onboard a private plane last night, thought to be on his way to Manchester United for his medical.
The centre-back is set to become Erik ten Hag’s third signing of the summer after a £45million deal was struck.
Martinez will join Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia at Old Trafford as the Red Devils look to get their business done early.
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