Franck Ribery Replacement: Bayern Munich Trying To Sign Anthony Martial

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With the summer transfer window looming ever so close, clubs across Europe have already started shortlisting potential targets to strengthen their squads.

Anthony Martial is one such player who would be on multiple shopping lists, as the Frenchman’s future at Old Trafford has come under speculation in recent months.

Martial lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January. The youngster has somewhat become an understudy of the ace Chilean, and considering his immense talent, Martial has thus began looking for better alternatives.

His growing frustration because of the lack of regular game-time, and allegedly turning down an extension on his current contract, has caught the eyes of some of Europe’s elites, with Italian Champions Juventus being one of the most prominent ones.

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The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Serie A outfit, however, the latest report by Italian outlet Calciomercato suggests that Juve may find themselves locked in battle with German Champions Bayern Munich for the signature of the coveted forward.

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It was reported that the Bundesliga heavyweights are also keeping tabs on the former Monaco star, as they prepare to bring in reinforcements for the aging Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Furthermore, the financial aspect of the potential transfer could put Juventus in a major fix, as the Old Lady is said to be ‘unwilling or unable’ to match Martial’s proposed transfer fee, which is set to be on the upper side of the €60 million the English giants paid for him back in 2015.

However, both Juve and Bayern are still the top contenders to land the Frenchman, even with as many as six European giants eyeing Martial’s signature.

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