Manchester United are hoping that Anthony Martial agrees to leave the club in January – which would give them more opportunity to bolster their attacking options, sources have told TEAMtalk.
The club would not like to see him walk away for nothing at the end of the season, and they are hoping they can agree a fee for him to move him in the New Year, meaning they can get some money back on him and use it to bolster their current attacking options – which are lacking.
Martial joined Man Utd back in 2015 for a fee of £44.7m, including add-ons which ultimately took the deal to ££57.6m. While the Frenchman has shown glimpses of quality, he has largely underwhelmed while in England.
Martial, now 27, is now in his ninth season at Old Trafford, and is the club’s second-longest serving player, having debuted in September 2015. Luke Shaw is now the longest serving, having first featured back in September 2014.
Injuries, however, have hampered Martial’s career of late and he has, frustratingly, only started two Premier League matches so far this season.
Given his contract is set to expire in the summer, an exit now appears to be on the cards – and we understand that could even be sanctioned as quickly as early January, with the winter window officially opening for business in just 48 days time.
Where next for Martial?
A host of clubs in Saudi’s Pro League have shown an interest in the French striker, but it remains to be seen if Martial will be convinced to move to the Middle East.
If it gets to January and Man Utd haven’t taken the option – Martial is free to talk to other clubs and could sign a pre-contract and it is believed there are a number of sides in Spain, France and Italy showing an interest – including Atletico Madrid, PSG, Lyon, Marseille and Inter Milan.
At this stage of his career, a fresh start elsewhere could be the best thing for Martial. The 27-year-old is firmly behind Rasmus Hojlund in the pecking order and his days at Old Trafford now seem limited.
A move back to France could be an interesting route for Martial as he will already be familiar with the league. He scored 15 goals in 70 appearances for Monaco as a youngster and could be tempted with a return to his native country.
In total, Martial has scored 89 goals in 312 appearances for Man Utd. As it seems more than likely that he is heading for the exit door, Man Utd fans might not get to see much more from the 27-year-old at Old Trafford.