Even though the winter transfer window doesn’t officially open for business until January, it doesn’t stop clubs from often securing their targets well in advance. It appears that precisely such an attempt has occurred in the Premier League already, with Arsenal wishing to pry away a highly rated player from the ranks of Manchester United.
Anthony Martial has been utterly spectacular for the Red Devils ever since he was signed by Louis Van Gaal during the Dutch manager’s attempt to bolster his attack. Scoring 17 goals in his debut season, the youngster from Monaco was highly impressive.
However, under Jose Mourinho, his goal-scoring abilities were taut, with the player only being able to squeeze in eight goals last season.
And now, Arsenal are reportedly set to try and capitalize on the 21-year-old’s new found form, which is getting suppressed by the lack of first-team football due to a battle with Marcus Rashford for the starting spot.
As per Transfer Market Web, the London-based club has already put forward a bid for Martial, which was rejected by United immediately. It is no surprise that Jose Mourinho will look to hold on to the highly rated forward, whose 5 goals and 6 assists this season have proven to be of paramount importance to the side’s success in all competitions.
Although the source didn’t specify the amount that the Gunners put forth for the Frenchman, it goes without a doubt that should they wish to bring the Old Trafford outfit to the negotiation table, the least they ought to occur is a club record transfer fee. The current record stands at £52m, which they splashed to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
Looking at the way Martial has been performing, aping and even bettering the antics of fellow countryman and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry at the same age, such a fee definitely wouldn’t be a waste, and would certainly aid the Gunners’ attempt to re-ascertain themselves in England and Europe.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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