Last weekend, reports suggested Manchester United had tried to make use of Anthony Martial in a swap deal to secure the arrival of Lautaro Martinez. And while the Red Devils were rebuffed, the very fact they’re willing to make use of the France international as bait suggests he’s been deemed surplus to requirements. Joel Glazer, who has long backed the 26-year-old, now appears ready to offer up on his seven-year experiment.
Reports from Italy said that United had attempted to make use of Martial in a swap deal that will see Martinez head in the wrong way.
But Inter have said no, with the Serie A giants only wanting money offers to part ways with their prized asset.
In any case, the very fact United are attempting to make use of Martial in a swap deal suggests they’re now, finally, ready to offer up on the France international.
For years, now, Glazer has constantly told his inner circle that the 26-year-old might be the most effective players on the planet.
Alas, it hasn’t turned out that way.
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Mourinho desired to offload Martial in each 2017 and 2018, with Inter frontrunners for the player on the time.
Yet, on those occasions, Glazer made it clear that the striker wouldn’t be going anywhere.
After Mourinho’s sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got here in.
And the Norwegian immediately improved Martial, with the forward having fun with his football in the course of the early stages of the 49-year-old’s reign.
In 2020, United qualified for the Champions League on the ultimate day of the season.
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And Martial had an enormous part to play, with the 26-year-old scoring 23 goals across all competitions – greater than some other player on the club.
Since then, though, he’s gone backwards.
He scored just seven times last term, falling behind Edinson Cavani within the club’s pecking order prior to the tip of the season.
And, prior to joining Sevilla in January, Martial had struck once – in a 1-1 draw with Everton in October.
Now, United appear able to get rid.
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Offering him in return for Martinez was a wise idea although, ultimately, it won’t be enough to bring the Argentina international to Old Trafford.
Nonetheless, it does now finally seem that Glazer has given up on his experiment.
Martial, there’s no denying, could be a deadly goal-getter on his day when fully fit and firing.
But he’s not shown that enough at United, which is why he looks primed to depart ahead of the Erik ten Hag era.