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Anthony Martial linked with Barcelona ahead of potential Man Utd exit

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has permission to go away the membership in January after being pushed down the pecking order this season and has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona.

Martial has solely began one recreation to this point in 2021/22, following on from a poor 2020/21 marketing campaign. He is already second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo for the ‘number nine’ function and can fall additional behind when Edinson Cavani quickly returns to full health.

Mason Greenwood was main the road for United in the beginning of the season. What’s extra, the membership are anticipated to focus on a long-term striker, which many followers hope will likely be Borussia Dortmund celebrity Erling Haaland, out there subsequent summer time.

United did rebuff late curiosity from Paris Saint-Germain earlier than the switch window closed in August, however Martial’s lack of significant taking part in time since then – simply seven minutes throughout three video games within the Premier League and Champions League – highlights his fringe function within the squad and should have modified the membership’s stance on the matter already.

Eurosport notes that Martial’s representatives have been advised they will attempt to discover him a brand new membership and he would allowed to go away in January for a ‘fair offer’ – doubtlessly round £40m.

The Frenchman is ‘open’ to staying within the Premier League, though he would additionally discover alternatives exterior England. He had been ‘desperate’ to remain at Old Trafford however shouldn’t be focused on being a fringe participant.

Aside from PSG, Atletico Madrid are believed to have proven curiosity previous to securing the signature of Antoine Griezmann on the finish of final month. Barcelona, who’ve badly struggled with accidents to their strikers and attackers within the weeks of this season, might emerge as a vacation spot.

However, the largest concern for Martial may very well be monetary. Resources at Camp Nou are already stretched to the restrict and it’s stated the participant is anxious he may very well be priced out of a transfer.

United’s aforementioned £40m (€47m) valuation mixed with a present wage of £250,000 per week will make the pool of golf equipment who can afford to signal him a lot smaller.

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