According to his agent, the Manchester United winger wants to leave Old Trafford after a difficult season which culminated in his omission from the French World Cup squad.
The Daily Mirror has reported that United will demand €75 million for Martial, who signed for the club from AS Monaco in 2015.
Speaking to RMC in France, the Frenchman’s representative Phillipe Lamboley stated last week: “After thinking about all the possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United,”
“When Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world, does not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is that it does not really want to make him an important player.”
United had no plans to let Martial leave and with one year left on his contract, the club has the option to extend his stay by another season. But after 3 years with the Red Devils, it seems he may believe his future lies elsewhere.
Lamboley finished by saying: “Everyone will have their opinion but I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come.”
Even without these timely comments from his agent, it is plain to see that Martial is unhappy with his current situation at United. Despite a promising start to last season, since the turn of the year, he cut a sulky, disinterested figure in the team and was unable to hold down a place in the starting XI.
The arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January seemed to be the turning point, as the Chilean was instantly deployed on the left side of midfield – effectively replacing Martial in Mourinho’s side.
Short on playing time and confidence stricken as a result of being pushed down the pecking order, the 22- year-old struggled in the few cameo appearances he did make at the back end of last season and was criticised publicly by his manager on more than one occasion.
There is no shortage of potential suitors for the young French starlet, with PSG, Real Madrid and Tottenham just a few of the major clubs rumoured to be lining up big money bids.
Whether he ends up staying at United or plying his trade elsewhere remains to be seen, but his talent is undeniable and his potential almost limitless – it is just a question of where the best place for the next stage of his development may be.