Jose Mourinho might find it hard to tie Anthony Martial down at Old Trafford, as reports have emerged that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is interested in the forward.
Martial has had a decent season for the Red Devils under Jose Mourinho, which is why Zidane will now try to lure him with a bid in the region of £88m.
The talented French international has been turned into a left-sided winger from a striker, and with nine goals and five assists in all competitions this season, he has been hard to ignore.
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The youngster has quite often kept Old Trafford favourite Marcus Rashford on the bench, as the Englishman has been struggling with poor form.
The season started with Martial playing second fiddle to Rashford, but the ex-Monaco man has slowly earned his place into Mourinho’s plans.
Zidane’s interest in Martial is also due to the dip-in-form of his current star forward, Karim Benzema. According to Don Balon, Zidane is looking to reshuffle his squad, which could also see him bid for Neymar next summer.
Benzema has faced loads of criticism, and has reached a point where the Board and the manager feel he should be offloaded and replaced next summer. However, the United boss would not want to let go of the 22-year-old, given his prolific form this season.
Though Mourinho may not be able to guarantee the youngster consistent game-time, he may have to offer him a contract extension very soon to tie him to the club.
However, Benzema’s exit could tempt Ronaldo to take charge of the Madrid line, which could hinder Martial’s interest in moving to the Spanish capital.
What remains to be seen is whether Martial would resist the temptation of leading the attack line of arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Written by Sourish Saha
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