Transfer sagas are precarious attempts at maintaining order. However, since at its core heart they are all deeply rooted in business, one can’t blame clubs for trying their hand at great deals.
While swap deals are of a slightly tougher difficulty to effectively execute, using certain players as leverage or to sweeten prospects is something that most clubs are looking to do.
Manchester United could certainly join this fray, and the ongoing doubt regarding Anthony Martial could be a blessing in disguise for their offensive pursuits.
As per The Sun, United will sell Martial to Bayern Munich, but only if the German giants give Robert Lewandowski as part of the deal.
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The source adds: “Bayern are still keen (to sign Martial) and United have been after Lewandowski for a long time and want him. His agent is close to Jose and United and he is keeping them both in the loop along with Real Madrid. This is all down to whether he wants to go and Bayern are happy for him to leave. It’s up in the air.”
United’s recent hope for a striking partner for Romelu Lukaku has yet to bear fruit. The club seems adamant in their approach that no existing player is on par with the Belgian yet, a possible influence from Mourinho’s mentality.
As of such, acquiring a player like the 29-year-old Pole, who is a world-class striker and an assured source of goals, could prove to be the answer to their dilemmas.
But the short period of time that remains in this window could complicate matters. Further, Martial may be inclined to remain in the Premier League itself, with clubs like Chelsea and Tottenham proving to be allegedly eager destinations.
However, it has been stated repeatedly that United aren’t keen on letting the talented French starlet depart to a title-rival.