Barcelona are reportedly lining up a summer move for Argentine centre-back Lisandro Martinez, who is valued at €25 million by Ajax.

According to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign Lisandro Martinez in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old, valued at €25 million by Ajax, is seen as the ideal signing for the left-sided centre-back role at Camp Nou.

Lisandro Martinez arrived in Europe in the summer of 2019 when he joined Ajax from Defensa y Justicia. Since then, he has grown into a key figure for the Dutch giants and has grown into his role of being a mainstay at the back this season. The Argentine defender started 24 of the last 25 games  in all competitions this term for de Godenzonen and is now a regular fixture in defence.

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His progress in the second half of the season has been duly noted by one of the biggest clubs in the world and it is being mooted that a summer move could be in the offing. This suitor is none other than Barcelona, who are keen on signing a left-footed centre-back.

The Blaugrana are set to complete the signing of Eric Garcia soon, but are keen on adding a second centre-back in the summer transfer window – one who is left-footed. And, this eagerness is hardly unfounded, considering Samuel Umtiti hardly manages to impress in the rare appearances he makes for Barcelona while Clement Lenglet has endured a steep decline this season.

In fact, the French duo are now being linked with a possible summer exit, thereby necessitating the need for a left-footed central defender. To that end, Barcelona have been linked with a possible move for Villarreal defender Pau Torres, although it will be interesting to see how they can afford his transfer fee amid their financial woes.

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As a result, the interest in Martinez makes a great deal of sense, seeing as Ajax are unlikely to charge a premium in exchange for his services, owing to their good working relationship with Barcelona. In fact, the Argentine international is valued at just €25 million, which could be in the affordable region for the Catalan outfit.

In addition, it has also been suggested that Barcelona could include a player in the deal to sign the 23-year-old in order to bring down his €25 million valuation. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona do launch the offensive for Martinez this summer, or if they turn their attention to some other defender.

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