Manchester United star Anthony Martial seems redundant at Old Trafford this summer. In recent weeks, there has been talk of a possible swap deal that the French international will see elsewhere. And with Erik ten Hag planning to add a new striker to his squad, it’s hard to see the current Sevilla mercenary hanging around.
Manchester United thought Martial had turned a corner when he scored 23 goals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2019/2020 season.
But, after scoring just seven times, the France international was allowed to leave for Seville in January.
Martial’s inconsistency has continued in La Liga, with the 26-year-old yet to score in La Liga after his arrival.
And with Sevilla reluctant to sign the United star on a permanent basis, it seems likely he will play his football elsewhere next season.
That will force the Red Devils to find a new club for him themselves.
And at the beginning of the month, it was reported that United were planning to use Martial in a swap deal with Inter Milan.
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But Napoli, like Inter, have 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 completely ruled out is that United will offer Martial in exchange for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
While the Catalan titans need money from a big sale, they also hope to find a new sniper.
And if they took Martial, it would allow them to still receive some cash and save money that was used for a new shooter.
United know they are in for a major renovation this summer.
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And it looks like they are trying to use Martial to get some of their key transfer targets back.
Meanwhile, as Ten Hag prepares to take charge, the new United boss has opened up about his move to Old Trafford.
“Despite [United] I would never just start as a beautiful club,” said Ten Hag.
“First I wanted to create good working conditions, so every detail had to be taken care of.
“I know United went through a very meticulous procedure. They had done scouting, analyses, data, interviews with people who worked with me. Then we had several interviews.
“They weren’t rushing and neither was I. It felt like a difficult but fantastic challenge.
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“At United there is something to build on and something to win. Manchester United is such a big name in football history.
“They don’t call Old Trafford the Theater of Dreams for nothing. It is a club with allure in international football.
“Everyone knows their history. From Sir Alex [Ferguson]of course, but also further back in time. Their great team in the late 1950s, which suddenly disappeared after the plane crash.
“The history is impressive, but I have also researched the present and the future and the possibilities.
“They are there, also financially. If you then get a good feeling about the people who are there, all factors play a role in taking this step.”