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Lottery win ‘won’t buy’ Man Utd star as LaLiga club look elsewhere for summer recruitment

France trio Anthony Martial, Lucas Digne and Paul Pogba

A report claims Sevilla will not try to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United on permanent terms when his loan deal expires this summer.

The 26-year-old inked a six-month loan deal with the LaLiga side in January after falling down the Old Trafford pecking order. The France international had made just two starts among eight top-flight appearances for the Red Devils this term. He made it clear that a move away was his priority during the winter window.

And it has emerged that Sevilla were not the only club interested in acquiring his services. Italian giants Juventus and Spanish club Barcelona made enquiries about the former Monaco man.

But he opted for a move to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Martial joined a club pushing for the title, with Sevilla currently second in the standings.

However, a runner-up berth seems more likely, with table-topping Real Madrid five points clear having played one game fewer. The Massy-born ace has been handed three league starts by Julen Lopetegui.

But, according to a report by FootballTransfers, he will leave the club at the end of the season.

“Sevilla won’t buy Martial even if they win the EuroMillions,” the report claims. “They are happy with him but they won’t sign him permanently.

“Any further deal is not in their plans at all – just these six months to help them challenge Real Madrid for the title.”

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Martial future up in the air

Martial moved to the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 2015. He has made 269 appearances in all competitions and bagged 79 goals.

The 2019-2020 campaign was his most successful, with 17 Premier League goals from 32 outings. However, with the arrival of new faces, his game time has diminished.

It was thought that the former Lyon player would be off in the summer to seek a new challenge. But a report in the Mail earlier this week claimed United want to keep hold of the forward.

There is expected to be a clear out at the club with the arrival of a new permanent manager. However, it appears as though they are eager to retain the flying attacker.

Ralf Rangnick during a Manchester United match

Whether or not Martial is happy with that state of affairs only time will tell. It was a lack of playing time that saw him leave on loan and that may still be the case next term.

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