Anthony Martial might be running out of time at Manchester United, given the latest developments at the club.
The Frenchman has found himself down the pecking order at the club. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has not helped his case at all. It gets even worse when one considers that Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford are not fully fit yet, but Martial is still struggling for minutes.
So far this season, the 25-year-old has onlyd one league game for the Red Devils. That solitary start came in a 1-1 draw against Southampton, where he failed to impress and missed a couple of chances that could have changed the narrative.
All of the above are now pointing to the fact that Martial is going through a rough patch at the moment, dating back to last season. With the array of options at Ole Solskjaer’s disposal, perhaps he might be just tempted to trim his options up front.
A report has now shed more light on the above claim.
Martial up for sale at Manchester United
It remains to be seen if the Red Devils actually need to sell a player at this point, but the writing is already written on the wall.
Manchester United signed Martial with so much promise from Monaco in 2015. A £36m fee meant the Frenchman was the most expensive teenager in the world at the time. Such was the hype on his shoulders that a Ballon d’Or clause was even inserted in his contract.
Now 25, the player hasn’t lived up to expectations and could now be sold by the club, if reports are to go by.
Eurosport claim that the Frenchman is now up for sale, and Manchester United will sanction his departure if they get any fee ranging from £40m upwards. He could be sold as early as January if they do get a suitor.
Do Manchester United need to sell Martial?
From one point, it may seem logical for Manchester United to sell Martial given his recent struggles and the fact that they can still recoup a decent amount for his sale, if they sell him now.
On the other hand, it doesn’t make sense to sell him just yet, given that he is still only 25 and can still do good in one or two years to come.
However, Manchester United have been patient enough with the player for five years, and they are more or less justified if they do go ahead to sell him.
It is unlikely he will be sold in January, but next summer might seem a realistic timeframe for his departure, and the bookmakers seem to agree as well.