Why did it take so long for Manchester United to confirm Lisandro Martinez signing?

Manchester United confirmed the arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax on Wednesday afternoon.

The deal had been discussed for much of the summer, with United striving to bring in a player who knows Erik ten Hag well, who has managed him at the Amsterdam club for the past three seasons. However, there was a long delay between the first official announcement of a deal and full confirmation of the move.

the athletic explains why that was the case.


What has been the timeline with this transfer?

Manchester United and Ajax announced that an agreement had been reached on July 17 about the transfer of Martinez.

That came after United and Arsenal competed for the services of the 24-year-old Argentine defender early this month, both with bids initially rejected by Ajax.

However, United went above and beyond what Arsenal had to offer and had a package totaling £55 million ($66.4 million) accepted by the Dutch side.

Why was there a big gap between that announcement by United and Ajax and the deal that was confirmed today?

There are several reasons for this, and one of them is, yes, Brexit.

Due to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, it has become a lengthy process for players from other countries to get a visa to work in the UK.

After Martinez’s visa problem was resolved, United had to transfer his registration with Ajax and they have been through that procedure for the past few days.

Obviously, the delay was not due to a material issue; nothing has changed since that first agreement was struck earlier this month.

The reason the two clubs announced it on July 17 is the disclosure obligation of Ajax on the stock exchange.


Lisandro Martinez finally completed his move to Manchester United on Wednesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Would United usually announce an agreed deal with another club?

Without Ajax’s announcement agreement on the exchange, United would have waited for the deal to be formally finalized before announcing the player’s arrival.

This is standard practice across the Premier League, and most clubs tend to follow this route.

Only in rare cases, such as when there are scholarship requirements, are clubs required to announce that agreements have been reached.

Why does Brexit have an impact?

UK clubs are now required to use a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) calculator to determine whether their potential signing will be granted a visa.

“Subject to international approval” has become a popular phrase used by clubs when announcing transfers this summer, as once a club-to-club deal is in place, it’s up to the Home Office to pass the details. to take.

It then agrees whether or not a visa will be issued, which is why some transfers have been delayed despite announcements sometimes made more than a week before.

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