Manchester United may be in the news for not signing enough players in the summer transfer window, but the truth is that the Red Devils did still add three players to the first team squad in Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, and Fred.
However, their upcoming opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, did not sign a single player in the window, even though the approach of the two clubs to the upcoming season has been very different when it comes to discussing squad additions.
While the North Londoners didn’t do any official business in the window, they did certainly try their luck, if reports are to be believed. And they did make an attempt to sign a certain United duo too.
Manchester Evening News have brought to attention the news that Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy did, in fact, enquire about the availability of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial this summer.
Martial had publicly announced his desire to play regular first-team football, and was disillusioned with life under manager Jose Mourinho, which automatically put him on the radar of several top European clubs, with Spurs being one of the possible suitors.
As for Juan Mata, the Spaniard himself has been in and out of the side since joining from Chelsea, and while he hasn’t been iced out by Mourinho as many expected, he may have been looking for more playing time as well.
As it turned out, the Mancunians categorically denied any chance of the duo leaving Old Trafford, despite speculation that a switch was in the offing.
Mata and Martial have both featured in some way, shape or form in the first two Premier League matches of the season, and it remains to be seen whether either of the two can cement their place in a side which is clearly lacking a cutting edge up front.