Tottenham Hotspur Preparing Ambitious Move For Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino at half time.

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Amid reports that Anthony Martial has turned down a contract extension from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur have joined the bunch of prospective suitors for the French international.

Martial was rumoured to have been offered a significant raise on his current wages of £65,000 per week, but he is dissatisfied by the amount of playing time he has received under Jose Mourinho.

The forward, who can play at a variety of positions in attack, was utilized primarily on the left wing by Mourinho. Martial has 22 starts this season, and they have been fairly evenly spread out in terms of position barring that of left attacking midfielder – 10 of these starts have come in that role.

The 22-year-old first burst onto the spotlight as a center forward at AS Monaco during the 2014-15 season. His Ligue 1 debut dates back to 2 seasons before that, at Olympique Lyonnais, as a 17-year-old in February 2013.

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Monaco finished third behind PSG and Lyon in the league for the 2014-15 season, but their best result was an entry to the Champions League quarterfinals with an impressive victory over Arsenal.

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The young striker finished that season with 9 goals and 3 assists in the league, and another dime in the Champions League. He was voted as the European Golden Boy in 2015, and he was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of €50 million in August of the same year.

Martial has since made 136 appearances for the Red Devils, tallying 36 goals and 18 assists in the 3 intervening years. Following his first season, when he started 29 times in the Premier League and 6 times in the Champions League, Martial has moved down the pecking order at the club.

Anthony Martial celebrates scoring.

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Although he has 45 appearances this season, his Premier League appearances have been reduced to 30, while his minutes have also been cut to 1584 in total.

The starlet faces tough competition to crack the starting lineup in the presence of Alexis Sanchez, and a move to a club with better prospects of playing time would serve to bolster him at this critical young age.

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