Barcelona emerge as potential transfer suitors for £40million Manchester United French star

By Xorkpe Sosu 3 Min Read

Anthony Martial reportedly could leave Manchester United in January amid interest from FC Barcelona and Tottenham. Manchester United are valuing the French forward at around $40 million, The out of form Frenchman current contract expires 2024.

Anthony Martial at his peak of his powers has not been consistent enough at Old Trafford, despite showing bags of potential when he first joined as a youngster from Monaco in 2015.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has made 337 competitive appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 93 goals and 58 assists.

Martial who made 36 appearances last season is now struggling to fit in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans this season after the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho this summer.


Former Monaco player has started only once out of Manchester United’s five Premier League matches this season, came off the bench thrice before remaining as an unused substitute in 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend.

However, Manchester United are willing to sell the Frenchman after officials had given him the green signal to look for a new club. The Red Devils would agree to part ways with the player if a fair offer lands during the winter transfer.

Anthony Martial who moved from Monaco to Manchester United in the summer of 2015, had been trying to establish himself as the No. 9.


Anthony Martial’s first goal for Man United against Liverpool

The arrival of Edinson Cavani last season and Cristiano Ronaldo this season, combined with the young Mason Greenwood is making it further difficult for Martial to earn enough opportunities at Old Trafford.

Barcelona would be an interesting move for him, as the style of play in La Liga might actually prove a better fit than the more fast paced and physically demanding English game.

It’s a surprise that Barcelona are not aiming a little higher after losing Lionel Messi in the summer, as they look for new signings up front, with Martial looking a long way off being good enough to get the Catalan giants back to where they want to be.


The French forward earns around $341,000-a-week at Manchester United. Barcelona, which are experiencing a major financial crisis, will struggle to even match Martial’s current wage.

Meanwhile, Spurs have been a long-term admirer of Martial, having tried to sign him in 2015 before the France national landed at Old Trafford.

Spurs are planning to offer Harry Kane in a swap deal that would see Martial move to North London and Kane to Manchester, according to soccer outlet TEAMtalk.


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