Last weekend, reports suggested Manchester United had tried to use Anthony Martial in a swap deal to secure the arrival of Lautaro Martinez. And while the Red Devils were rebuffed, the fact they’re willing to use 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 give up on his seven-year experiment.
Reports from Italy said that United had attempted to use Martial in a swap deal that would see Martinez head in the opposite direction.
But Inter have said no, with the Serie A giants only wanting cash offers to part ways with their prized asset.
In any case, the fact United are trying to use Martial in a swap deal suggests they’re now, finally, ready to give up on the France international.
For years, now, Glazer has continuously told his inner circle that the 26-year-old can be one of the best players on the planet.
Alas, it hasn’t turned out that way.
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Mourinho wanted to offload Martial in both 2017 and 2018, with Inter frontrunners for the player at 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 came in.
And the Norwegian immediately improved Martial, with the forward enjoying his football during the early stages of the 49-year-old’s reign.
In 2020, United qualified for the Champions League on the final day of the season.
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And Martial had a big part to play, with the 26-year-old scoring 23 goals across all competitions – more than any other player at the club.
Since then, though, he’s gone backwards.
He scored just seven times last term, falling behind Edinson Cavani in the club’s pecking order prior to the end 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 ready to get rid.
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Offering him in return for Martinez was a smart idea although, ultimately, it won’t be enough to bring the Argentina international to Old Trafford.
However, it does now finally seem that Glazer has given up on his experiment.
Martial, there’s no denying, can 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 leave ahead of the Erik ten Hag era.