Anthony Martial spent the previous season on the fringes under Jose Mourinho, and the French attacker doesn’t seem to have nailed down a starting spot at Manchester United just yet.
Therefore, he has attracted numerous interest from several European outfits, and according to German magazine Kicker, Wolfsburg are the latest club to seek Martial on a season long loan, after Inter Milan previously laid out similar demands in the complicated transfer episode of Ivan Perisic.
The big money spent on a teenager warranted big performances, but despite having a positive start in the 2015/2016 campaign under Louis van Gaal, the player has largely failed to justify his massive valuation.
Moreover, the conservative tactics of Mourinho, where he asks his attacking players to play a part in defending as well, have also halted the development of Martial. The Portuguese coach finds the youngster a liability whilst defending, which is why he hasn’t put much trust in the French international.
It’s clear that the inside forward, who had to face the humiliation of giving up his no.9 Jersey to Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season, is not deemed good enough for Mourinho’s side. As a result, over the course of last year, players like Mata, Mkhitaryan, and even Lingard have moved above Martial in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Sensing an opportunity, a host of clubs have shown interest in signing the young starlet on loan for the season. However, there are contrary reports which suggest that Manchester United have no intention of parting ways with the former Monaco man this summer, even on a temporary basis.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.