Anthony Martial Transfer Saga Takes New Twist

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Despite falling out of favour since Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford, United are determined to keep hold of Anthony Martial.

Reports in the recent past from various sources have linked Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to the starlet, with the clubs having kept track of his increasingly unsatisfactory playing time with the Red Devils.

But now, according to The Sun, the Frenchman is negotiating with United to sign a new deal.

The club will offer to extend his current contract, which currently has just a year left, with an option for another year.

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The 22-year-old made a superb initial impact after joining United from Monaco in 2015, with 17 goals to his name in his debut campaign. But this past season, he has struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up.

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Mourinho openly criticised Martial following United’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton earlier this month, claiming that the Frenchman’s poor performance is the reason why he relies so heavily on Romelu Lukaku.

Through January, and up until the time City confirmed their Premier League title win, Martial had just 4 starts in the presence of Alexis Sanchez at the club.

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Despite links to a swap deal involving Toby Alderweireld and Martial, United are determined to keep hold of their forward in any prospective transfer offer they make for the Belgian international, who is currently contracted to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Mancunians will definitely be operating from a position of weakness on this occasion. Tying the player to a long-term contract will allow the club to recoup much more of the £57.6 million that they paid Monaco in what was then a record sum of money paid for a teenager.

This makes it worth the increased wages that the forward is likely to demand over his current weekly salary of £65,000.

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