FC Barcelona reportedly interested in Lisandro Martínez of Ajax


According to Mundo Deportivo in Spain, FC Barcelona is looking to reinforce their defensive line this summer, and Argentina defender Lisandro Martínez would be one of the options. As the club is going through a tough time economically, they are considering signing a “low-cost” player in the center-back position.

Lisandro Martínez (23) has had a great season with Ajax, and he is currently with his national team for the World Cup qualifiers. Along with Argentine Nicolás Tagliafico, Martínez won the Eredivisie title last season, playing 23 out of 34 matches.

Martínez made his debut in 2016 with Newell’s Old Boys, then played for Defensa y Justicia from 2017 to 2019. After two great seasons with “el Halcón”, he was transferred to Ajax, where within a couple of games he became part of the starting eleven.


  1. Varane is the first choice for Man UTD cb transfer list. If that does not work, they will go for Romero whose price is in their range.

    I hope Man UTD can get Varane or others, not Romero. The language and cultural barrier will be huge and he will go to a club where Argentinians have been mistreated in past. He will always be an outsider.

    Heinze, Rojo, Sergio Romero all played great at some point of their UTD career. All has been mistreated. Di Maria was wise enough to leave asap.

    And Romero’s agent is Ciro Palermo, the agent of Nahuel Bustos, Amione and some other unknown players. I would find some comfort if Romero’s agent was Mendes or Riola. With a nobody agent, he will find no protection in England.

    We are very short on quality CB, I would like to not take any chances.

  2. Emi Buendia to Villa a done deal. Let’s hope Grealish stays at Villa, so that him and Emi form an amazing duo at Villa Park.

    • Club record sale for Norwich and club record fee for Aston Villa (€40m)
      I’m sure Emiliano Martínez had a finger in this, good way to flip off Arsenal after 10 years of mistreatment haha

      Fun fact: apart from sharing the same name, Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendia come from the same city in Argentina (Mar del Plata), they now share the same club and the same national team

    • for sure Emi Martinez will star against Columbia and hopefully Buendia will get a chance too.
      Trust Buendia alongwith Grealish will make Aston Villa good and have a chance to be in the top four EPL.

      Let’s watch how Buendia perform for N/T; to support and bring creativity in the mid field

      • “I’m sure Emiliano Martínez had a finger in this, good way to flip off Arsenal after 10 years of mistreatment haha”

        I too think Emiliano Martinez had a big hand in this deal. I would be very happy if Damian Martinez confesses in public that he was the mastermind behind the deal hijacking 😀
        Emi Buendia is now reaping the rewards of his patience; he was patient enough to wait a call-up from the AFA and going back to the Championship with all those qualities and skills and put the team back to the top flight was something great. This kid is incredible!

      • Since we were lacking creativity in midfield against Chile and Lo Celso and Palacios aren’t 100%… Why shouldn’t we try Championship’s most creative midfielder Buendia?

        Assists 1st (16)
        Chances created 1st (122)
        Big chances created 1st (18)
        Final third passes completed 1st (735)
        3.1 key passes per game

        I know he played a very free role and further up field in Norwich, but he has all the qualities, work rate, defensive contribution and intelligence to play anywhere in midfield except maybe CDM

  3. scaloni should test in Colombia match this squad

    montiel romero otamendi acuna
    baundia – depaul – nico/guido- locelso/a.correa/j.correa
    messi nico/aguero

    sub should be molina or foyth for montiel .. palacios for nico or celso or correa … paredes should left to understand squad depth

    • If Grealish stays then it would be awesome to watch Aston Villa. They need a striker too someone tips them to buy Alario please.

  4. This should be line up in Copa first match…

    ………Emi Martinez………
    Foyth. C. Romero. Otamendi. Acuna
    De Paul. Paredes. Lo Celso
    Messi. Lautaro. N. Gonazales

  5. Jair Bolsonaro’s own words in regards to Copa being played on Brazilian soil: “I’m sorry to those who died but we have to keep living”

    What the bloody hell? This guy seriously needs to be kicked out! The audacity of this guy after he has led his country to shit 💀.

    • I agree with him. Not saying he handled the day to day correctly, there is much to dislike anout 99% of politicians, but life goes on.

  6. I really hope he doesn’t go there. He needs to stay away from Spain. It has become extremely lackluster in the past few years. Italy is the hot post for Argentina’s talents right now. In the very least he won’t have to face trouble of Barca bullshit and can make his own name.

    No matter what he won’t get chosen over Alba to play any day sadly.

    • Alba was Left Back of the year yeah it would be hard for Lisandro to get into Barça team as Barça’s defence is awesome and even Laporte(man city) is rumored to come to Barça. Lisandro can play as substitute for Busquet there.

      • “Barça’s defence is awesome” Irony? Their defense is full of garbage since years, collapsed in every important match vs. Roma, Liverpool, Bayern. PSG, Juventus, Real etc etc etc. plus in the last matches of the season vs mid table teams. Clown defending. Umtiti and Lenglet are useless, Pique old, Roberto average, Busquets old too.

        • What about Arajuo, Mingueza, Emerson,Dest,Alba,Eric Garcia, even Laporte of man city in talk.Umtiti and Pique are worst but Lenglet can be developed he is 25.Past is gone now future looks good of Barca

          • Mingueza Oleguer 2.0 no clue how to defend, Araujo has big potential, very aggressive proactive defender, but technically seems very limited, poor man’s Cristian Romero for me, Alba and Dest cant find the balance between defending and attacking, very vulnerable on the flanks, Eric Garcia? Only a young lad without experience, Pep knows better imo, Laporte another City benchwarmer, great ball-playing defender just like Lenglet, but thats all, Lisandro has way more defensive skills and aggression plus ball-playing.

  7. It’s been such a long time we talked about his transfer to Barca … Ajax will obviously not let him go for free and Barca has no cash. They need to sell Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Pjanic, Coutinho, Griezmann, Braithwaite and Dembele. Good luck!

  8. Current Argentina usually suffers in 3 man backline so I will go with 4 man back line. Even against Paraguay Argentina suffered with 3 man backline

  9. Well Hello everyone and all the best to all Albiceleste Fans!

    It has surely been more bad than i quess none of us could have ever imagined with this Still on going Covid pandemic all around world and i truly feel so sorry all those victims and for their families of this blody pandemic! R.I.P all of those who have passed away during this horrible time and lot’s of strenght to all their relatives!

    It is deffinetly not the best time to arrange anykind of tournament whether it is Copa in SA or Euro’s in Europe not to even mention the Tokio Olympics etc…

    But like many of us fan’s of Albiceleste have said it is not really unfortunatly for the players to decide specially with Conmeboliticriminals one can’t really do a much to stop them about anything, i quess and in the worst case scenario theese bastards running and pulling all the ropes behind the curtains they will for sure punish any player no matter if it is current or former player’s speaking and giving their much needed voices not to arrange anykind of tournament and specially Copa in SA! I won’t even want mention Varzil or neither to speak about their current president or their neverending saga manipulating Conmeboliticriminals! But unfortunatly as it seems it very much look like that theese bastards will once again host Copa in their toxic homeground which is completly bizarre according to the circumstances of Covid running around the hole SA and specially Varzil has been one of the major frontrunners to win the most nominated Covid Award!

    But as usual it is what it is and i just hope that a miracle will stand and to stop theese Conmeboliticriminals to let Varzil to host Copa again in their toxic Covid land!
    But i think that this wish of mine and most propably many of others as well will not come true and in the end we will see plenty of Drama again as expected in Varzil land!

    So pressure off from our beloved Albiceleste team and let us wish them to find the right starting eleven andbuild up the most needed and so much important chemistry on the national football level which is allways so hard find and live up to it because of limited time for our beloved Albiceleste team! It is not easy for any coaching staff to achieve it in such a short time that they are allways given and the same he for the players too etc…! But let’s but all this madness around Copa aside for until it starts( hopefully not!, but i’m affraid that it will!) and let’s instead focus a bit more to coming WC-qualifier game against ”Cafeteros” and to who should be in the starting eleven which i quess allways depends at least a bit about which system our coaching staff will prefer to use etc… For me it not really an so much of a istuen that which will be our formation because many times formation do adrift during the game it self so instead focusing on the formation i will look more for the strating eleven which i personally will select first of all by form of the players and then secondly the qualities of the players and thirdly propably by the experience etc..,

    So here is the list which i copypasted from previous Mundo article of included squad players and offcourse we all know allready more leas who is available and who isn’t etc…

    So if would have to pick strating eleven(luckily i don’t because nowdays i barely dare to watch our games and this trend of mine has allready existed for decades now with our beloved Albiceleste team because somehow during our games it just allways get’s me to much off balanced and very, very nervous so if iloon quickly back in time and try to remember when i been comfort enough and dare to watch our beloved Albiceleste team i think i will have to go back all the way at least 2006 WC in Germany where our beloved Albiceleste team played some fantastic football and truly deserved to win Germans, but as usual luck was not on our side and offcourse the game also must have got influenced by Pekerman withdrawing Riquelme and not let Messi to play for example, but Still even Philip Lahm said it just recently that Argentina was much better side of the game and should have deservedly won like from year’s pass on some other German player will most propably follow the same path as Phlip Lahm did and will come out puplicly to say that Argentinea should have won deservedly also in Varzil land 2014 as we all know, but i won’t think orbelive that ” Chileno’s” would never admit the same at all, lol! Even we all know the real story and who should have won as so many times in past history of Football starting most propably allredy even 1966 WC in England where the referee threw our player out of the field literally by the false Rex card etc… the never ending story goes on, on and just to be sure just ask Waweride or Cox or any other old Mundo members etc… and they will tell all ya’ ”nothing but the whole truth of it” etc…

    So anyway enough of this painfully memories for now and back current situation and basicly all i can say is and to wish that the coaching staff will pick the right strating eleven against ”cafeteros” and i’m sure they will because that firstly that is their job no.1 and also our players know that too and who is right to start etc…

    So i don’t henk or belive that we any issues of disagreement between our group of players and coaching staff and that is one heck of good sign at least to get a bit poistetun here now!

    But like many others as fan or true forever Albiceleste fan i do also have my prefer of our starting eleven so from this current picked up players by our coaching staff for theese up coming qualifiers or in this case against ” cafeteros” i would pick a bit maybe litteä too much attacking side because i do feel that we need to create more goal scoring chances to be able to score at least once most propably twice to win!

    So here is list of our group of players from which all are not available as we all know so from theese players under below i will pick my starting eleven which will follow after the list of theese players:

    Marcos Acuña (Sevilla)
    Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
    Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen)
    Emiliano Buendia (Norwich City)
    Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
    Joaquin Correa (Lazio)
    Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese)
    Angel Di Maria (PSG)
    Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna)
    Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
    Alejandro Papu Gomez (Sevilla)
    Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart)
    Giovanni Lo Celso (Tottenham)
    Agustin Marchesin (FC Porto)
    Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
    Lautaro Martinez (Inter)
    Lisandro Martinez (Ajax)
    Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina)
    Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
    Nahuel Molina (Udinese)
    Juan Musso (Udinese)
    Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis)
    Cristian Romero (Atalanta)
    Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla)
    Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica)
    Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
    Jose Luis Palomino (Atalanta)
    Leandro Paredes (PSG)
    German Pezzella (Fiorentina)
    Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)
    Franco Armani (River Plate)
    Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate)
    Julian Alvarez (River Plate)

    So Emi deffinetly is my Goalie and i will take 3 CBS strarting from right: Foyth, Romero and Palomino if he can play if not then either Tagliafigo/Otamendi.

    Then 2 wingbacks on the right: De Paul and for the leftside Acuna

    For the middle of the Park i will pick Lisandro who will play as more less DM and Paredes as CM

    And up Front i will put like spearhead formation of Messi and Papu under Lautaro who can be subsitued to either one those Correa brother’s or even to Kun if he can play

    Also papu can be subsitued to Lo Celso if he can play or Palacios, Buendia or Nico if he can play

    And if we are training i will put all guns and go for more less Bielsa football and bring on Ocampos, Alvarez and even bring Di Maria on meaning taking out Acuna, Paredes and maybe even one the 3 CBS which in my case will be Foyth

    So i will switch to 2 CBS Romero and Palomino and keep De Paul on the Right and bring Ocampos on the left as very attacking wingbacks and keep lisandro as DM and put Palacios and Lo Celso in the middle of the Park and switch that spearhead to either Messi and Angel Correa under his Brother Joaquin or if Nico can play then i will switch to Messi Nico under Kun if he can play…

    I Know it sounds crazy but if we are training we better score as soon as we can at least to draw level and offcourse hopefully win!

    So Vamos Albiceleste and beat those ” Cafeteros in front those rumoured 10 000 Colombian fan’s on their home soil!

  10. For me Argentina should try 3 at the back to make our defense solid. It would be great if we could do something like wot chelsea did under TT. 3-4-3
    We have similar players i believe, except Kante but we got Messi.
    Emi Martinez

    Foyt C.Romero L.Martinez

    Molina DePaul Paredes Acuna

    Messi N.Gonzales

  11. Whats the latest scene with Brazil FA ? Hearing Tite will face the axe as a rebel leader. I am sure current team will rally around him & boycott Copa . Seems a case of politics now with the pro & anti President lobbies taking side. ESPN was suggesting that axed Gremio coach Renato Gaucho may come in as coach. It will be some interesting dynamics post their Paraguay WC qualifier. If all this happens & Brazil participates in Copa , they will be similar to Spain in WC2018 where team capitulates. Finally the fate of Copa now depends on how strong Brazilian president Bolsonaro will stand against all this populist stance from current team .

    • Tite will not be sacked. CBF president who wanted to sack him is now suspended due to sexual harassment allegations.

      Tite is anti Bolsonaro and Renato Gaucho is a known Bolsonaro supporter. This is why they wanted to sack Tite.

      It is fun to see one populist turning against another. In this case Bolsonaro vs Brazilian players. In my opinion, from brazilian players it is all for show.

  12. 3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1
    Molina- de paul-parades- lo celso/Buendia-acuna
    Messi- lautaro/ Aguero

    What about try this kind of formation?

  13. This should be line up vs Colombia
    Emi Martinez
    Foyth. C. Romero. Otamendi. Acuna
    De Paul. Paredes. Emi Buendai
    Messi. Aguero. J. Correa

  14. As per Diario Olé there might be two possible formations vs Colombia, either a 5-3-2

    Emi; Montiel, Romero, Martínez Quarta, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi and Lautaro.

    or a 4-3-3: Emi; Montiel, Romero, Martínez Quarta or Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Di María and Lautaro.

    I would prefer that neither Otamendi nor Di Maria start but I don’t think it’s the end of the world if they do. Just hope Lo Celso is fully fit. When either Lo Celso or Palacios are fully fit they offer a lot in both attack and with their defensive contribution.

    As per our chief Colombian source and correspondent Kidulthood, this is a probable Colombian line-up against Argentina:

    4-4-2, Ospina; Medina, Mina, Sánchez, Tesillo; Cuadrado, Cuéllar, Uribe, William Barrios; Muriel and Zapata.

    • oh thanks, very interesting, it looks a very defensive Colombian team, they will defend at 7-8. The 532 or 433 suggested by Ole don’t look good enough to play against that kind of opponents, no enough attack from the wing, the attack will be too concentrated in the middle. We will probably end up with a 0-0 if the source is reliable, which really doesn’t surprise me much as Scaloni is quite limited.

  15. @Dadir10….Dude I’m never obsessed with Otamendi. I’m just trying to protect Otamendi from those supporters who are Otamendis hater with no reason accept age.
    It is very difficult to get a place in the best XI in a club like Man City. Player like Laporte, stones were benched in City football club.

    Yes Otamendi lost his prime…But what evidence is there that he is gone? I still blv He has a lot more to offer in the national team atleast next year wc.

    • “I still blv He has a lot more to offer in the national team atleast next year wc.”

      You believe he has a lot to offer at Qatar 2022?

      A couple of days back @Chori said:

      ” i actually lost faith in him after the France game where he went ballistic and wasted so much precious time. If i had Darth Vaders death grip, i would have choked him through the TV.”

      @Reyan, yes, it’s wasting the team’s precious time what he will offer in Qatar.

      • It is not that Otamendi is bad or good..

        Most of the times, the ball is with Messi or in defensive half, which put pressure on defense.

        1. I feel sometimes, everyone in playing 11 are passing the ball to messi only..This should stop..
        2. We need a strong midfield who can take the pressure of Defense and Messi..

        If we can fix the above, then Otamendi will look a monster in the team..

        This is the same for every team…Spain has forward issues, Belgium has defense liabilities, Italy is not defensively strong as they used to be, portugal needs to move from Ronaldo, Germany recalled Mueller as they are not a force anymore…but they have rest of the positions strong which offsets the negatives.

        France and England are exceptions where they tick in all aspects..

        • Even England supporters constantly complain about poor performances, an example I heard of was against Austria. I don’t even want to consider them until they become consistent or go deep in Euros

        • France is already a winning machine, England and Germany are still under construction like Argentina, but in a different way. Argentina from scratch after their worst WC performance ever in 2018. England and Germany are trying to integrate new talented players.

          Belgium I am not so bullish, some of the key players are out of form or retired. I have high opinions on Italy, I think they are playing their best football since 1990 with no star, a pure collective playing style. Portugal will be better without CR7, Spain can be surprising too.

      • He is not worth to sweat till Qatar maybe but he is worth to Copa and current difficult qualification. You can’t buy experience. But I would like only one in between Otamendi and Pazzella in the squad. Should have called anyone else younger with potential to go Qatar maybe. But for now Otamendi needed in NT even he doesn’t play as good as he used to be.

  16. Unfortunately Barcelona is economically bad..they need more free agents and low cost salary.

    They need to sell Greizman, Dembele etc to fund any buy..

    My suggestion would be to buy Paulo Gazzanigga as he is low cost and good back-up keeper which Barcelona needs and an easy buy for them.

    My concerns are fellow argentine’s with the likes of Lanzini, Lo Celso, Lamela, Foyth, Pastore etc..who are stuck in limbo..

    • The point is, at this moment, who can afford Dembele and Griezmann? Barca will not sell for less than 100m per player for sure. Additionally there are also Sergi Roberto, Coutinho, Umtiti and Braithwaite that they need to sell, but almost impossible to find any buyer. I still believe that Dembele on Messi’s right can be very useful. Griezmann was back to his prime during the last few months, so it’s the best moment to sell.

  17. That was a great old news…but I don’t think Barcelona have the money to buy players now. I think Lisandro’s perfect club will be Sevilla, Inter, Ac milan, Liverpool etc. Barcelona want to swap( Roberto) players and bring Aymeric Laporte from City. Lets see… What happend.

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