Man Utd transfer news: Wantaway striker Anthony Martial set to stay | Football | Sport


The Frenchman made it known earlier this summer, via his agent, that he wanted to leave Old Trafford having grown frustrated at the game-time on offer under Jose Mourinho.

Martial – who has just one year left on his current contract although the Red Devils have the option to trigger a one-year extension – only started 18 of United’s 38 Premier League games, completing 90 minutes on just five occasions.

And in mid-June, the 22-year-old’s agent Philippe Lamboley declared to French news outlet RMC Sport: “After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.

“I think that when United, the most powerful club in the world, do not find an agreement after eight months of negotiations then they do not really want to keep such an important player in their squad. That’s why this decision has come – it’s a well-thought-out decision.”

And the likelihood of Martial leaving United soared after he left the club’s pre-season tour of the United States to attend the birth of his second child in Paris and did not join back up with his team-mates – missing matches against AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

That saw Mourinho hit out at the youngster after a 4-1 loss to Liverpool in Michigan, declaring: “Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here.”

Yet Martial finally returned to United training yesterday at their Carrington headquarters ahead of their final warm-up clash on Sunday against Bayern Munich in Germany.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Martial is now set to stay – because United want a direct replacement in order to allow him to leave.

Their attempts to sign Willian from Chelsea and Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan are thought to have stalled while long-term target Gareth Bale is set to take over from Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

And as such, they are unlikely to sanction a switch despite Mourinho’s willingness to allow wantaway players to leave.

Despite United not wanting to sell Martial to a Premier League rival amid links to Chelsea and Tottenham, the Mirror say a swap deal with Willian was considered.

United backed away from any potential deal due to the fact Willian turns 30 next week and has far less re-sale value than Martial.

And now the player, who was fined two weeks’ wages after his late return, looks set to stay despite having clashed horns with Mourinho – who is said to be unhappy with Martial’s attitude.

United reportedly value Martial at around £80m, which has put off clubs outside of England with Bayern Munich having distanced themselves from a move for the former Monaco youngster.

That fee represents double what they have paid for Martial so far, having paid an initial fee of £36m with an extra £8m in add-ons after he scored his 25th goal for the club.

Further stipulations, such as winning the Ballon d’Or, could take his eventual fee to £58m.

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