Man United: Pundit discusses Anthony Martial’s ‘ability’
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Manchester United will only let Anthony Martial leave the club in January if a team offers to cover all of the player’s wages and pay a loan fee, reports say. The France international wants to leave Old Trafford behind after struggling for action under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. However, any exit won’t be straightforward.
Sevilla are one club interested in Martial and, on Tuesday, saw a bid for the 26-year-old turned down.
Juventus have been linked, with the club yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his summer exit, as well as Lyon and Newcastle.
ESPN say United are ready to let Martial go, despite turning down an offer from Sevilla to take him to La Liga until the end of the season.
They chose to snub Sevilla’s offer because they only agreed to cover part of his wages, rather than all of them.
And United will need somebody to stump up the cash, both when it comes to paying the player and giving them a fee, to grant the forward an exit.
If Martial stays, it’s stated United will be ‘happy’ with that outcome.
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The player has struggled for action this term, with injury and inconsistency seeing him find the net just once across all competitions.
He’s contracted to the club until 2024, having signed a contract extension in 2019 following Solskjaer’s appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Martial was, at one point, the Red Devils’ big hope for the future.
Yet the France international has never met expectations during his time at the Theatre of Dreams, frustrating both Solskjaer and Mourinho in the process.
Should he leave, he’ll become the latest big-money signing to leave Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
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Alexis Sanchez lasted just 18 months, while Angel Di Maria spent a year in Manchester before departing for Paris Saint-Germain.
Romelu Lukaku never kicked on following his move to Everton in 2017, when he was signed instead of Antoine Griezmann.
And United are still waiting to see the best of Jadon Sancho who, like Martial, has toiled so far this term.
Regarding the Frenchman, Rangnick confirmed the forward had told him he wanted to leave the Premier League giants for a new challenge elsewhere.
“Yes we spoke on Wednesday. We spoke at length,” he said before his side drew 1-1 with Newcastle at St James’ Park.
“He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.
“In a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club.
“We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions.
“I told him as long as there is no club showing interest in him, and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.
“So far, as far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and as long as this is the case he will stay.”
Another United player being linked with an exit in January is Paul Pogba, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
And Rangnick revealed he’d spoken to the midfielder recently, adding: “Of course I’ve spoken to Paul.
“On the day he came back from Dubai we spoke in person. We also spoke over the phone when he was still in Dubai.
“Right now, it’s about for him to get fit again, to get training fit, not just be match fit.
“I think this will take as far as I know another couple of weeks and until then my full focus is on the players who are available and who can play in the upcoming games.”
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