The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon or the frequency illusion refers to the increasing frequency with which one notices things once you have just learned it. A bit of a stretch, but a similar thing seems to be happening with swap deals.
Almost a staple of all transfer gossips, swap deals are actually a rarity, and the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan saga from the winter might have been a watershed moment for exchange deals coming through.
Yet again, it is Man Utd that is the team at the heart of such a possibility, and it comes as no surprise given the plethora of excess talent that is present in the club. Despite that, this next swap deal may possibly be a bit odd.
As per Tuttosport, Jose Mourinho is seriously considering swapping Anthony Martial for a Juventus player. All good so far, except for the fact that the player in question is Alex Sandro, the 27-year-old left-back.
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Both clubs are valuing their players at around €50 million, which is why the Portuguese gaffer is allegedly ‘proposing an exchange’.
Martial leaving the club is taken as somewhat of a foregone conclusion given the player’s insistence on not wanting to sign a new deal, caused and now perhaps even forced by the arrival of Sanchez.
At the same time, the Red Devils are already in the market for full-backs, given the ages of current flankmen Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
To add to all this, the left side is somewhat of a recurring problem at Man Utd, with Luke Shaw not looking like a long-term resident at Old Trafford either.
In view of all this, it certainly seems to be apt that Mourinho wishes to see the deal through, and Sandro is a player that he has been a great admirer of in the past. The real question, however, is whether the potential of Martial makes the exchange a wise option in the long run.