Manchester United star Anthony Martial appears to be out of the question at Old Trafford this summer. In recent weeks, there has been talk of a possible exchange agreement that will take the French international elsewhere. And with Erik ten Hag planning to add a new striker to his squad, it’s hard to see the current one on loan at Sevilla around.
Manchester United thought Martial had turned the corner when he scored 23 goals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2019/2020 season.
But after scoring just seven times later, the French international was allowed to leave for Sevilla in January.
Martial’s inconsistency continued in La Liga, with the 26-year-old still not scoring in La Liga after his arrival.
And with Sevilla reluctant to sign the United star on a permanent basis, it seems likely that he will play his football elsewhere next season.
Now, this will force the Red Devils to find him a new club.
And it was reported earlier this month that United intended to use Martial in a trade deal with Inter Milan.
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But Napoli, like Inter, said no to Martial.
Now it will be interesting to see what happens to the United star at a time when Ten Hag plans to beef up his attacking options.
One possibility that cannot be entirely ruled out is United offering Martial in exchange for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
While the Catalan titans need cash from a big sale, they’re also hoping to get a new marksman.
And if they caught Martial, it would allow them to still get some money, as well as save funds that were being used for a new shooter.
United know they have a big rebuilding job on their hands this summer.
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And it looks like they’re trying to use Martial to get some of their top transfer targets in return.
Meanwhile, as Ten Hag prepares to take charge, United’s new manager has opened up about his move to Old Trafford.
“Despite that [United] being a beautiful club, I would never start,” said Ten Hag.
“I wanted to create good working conditions first, so every detail had to be taken care of.
“I know United went through a very precise procedure. They did benchmarking, analysis, data, interviews with people who worked with me. We then conducted several interviews.
“They didn’t rush things and neither did I. It felt like a tough challenge, but fantastic.
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“At United, there is something to build and something to win. Manchester United is a big name in football history.
“It’s no wonder they call Old Trafford the Theater of Dreams. It’s a club with a fascination for international football.
“Everyone knows his story. From Sir Alex [Ferguson], of course, but further back in time too. His great team in the late 50’s who suddenly disappeared after the plane crash.
“The story is impressive, but I also researched the present and the future and the possibilities.
“They exist, financially too. If you have a good feeling about the people who are there, then all factors are in play to take that step.”