Anthony Martial looks more and more likely to choose to leave Manchester United. Absence from first team football is proving too much for the 22 year old. Meanwhile, an old Premier League rival is preparing a swoop.
A costly transfer
Martial’s transfer to United was to be under scrutiny from the word “go”. At 18 years old the French forward arrived at Old Trafford for a huge initial fee of £36 million. The transfer fee could rise all the way to £57.6 million, with the included bonuses to be paid to AS Monaco.
It was certainly a gamble. But one that promised to be worthwhile. The young Martial showed incredible skill and vision. What’s more, the player was promised all the time he needed to get accustomed to Premier League football, by his new club.
But things stand differently in 2018. Manchester United has opted to purchase tried and tested EPL forward Alexis Sanchez last season from Arsenal. This has left Martial with even less playing time. Things hadn’t been spectacular in the previous season either. The French forward had played 25 times and netted only four goals.
This cost the talented youngster a place in France’s national team squad for the World Cup. France went on to win. With fellow French teenager Kylian Mbappe causing quite a stir, Martial seems eager to reassess his own career.
“After thinking about all the possibilities and settings, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United,” says Philippe Lamboley the player’s manager. Manchester United are begrudgingly looking into transfer options. Naturally, the club hopes they can avoid selling the player to a Premier League rival.
Martial looking for a new start
However, Chelsea’s management has other ideas. The London club is getting an offer ready for Martial. The transfer has become a priority following what will likely be an eventful transfer season for Chelsea. Eden Hazard and Willian are both likely to switch to La Liga this summer.
Manager Jose Mourinho was recently asked about the transfer rumor. The Portuguese says that Martial would be better off ditching some of his sense of entitlement.
“You cannot do whatever you want in life, I would love to arrive in Los Angeles, to train in Los Angeles and play all my five matches in Los Angeles, and then don’t travel, don’t change hotel and then go back to Manchester. I would like to play against Leicester on Sunday but I have to play on Friday, so you don’t get always in life what you want.”
Since then, Martial has been given a starting position for United in their recent friendly games. The team is currently involved in a friendly tour inn the U.S. Manchester United is set to play their opening Premier League game on the 10th of August. All EPL games will be hosted through FootballCoin contests. Join now!