The agent of Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial has revealed that the Frenchman could leave Old Trafford in January with an offer on the table from La Liga giants Sevilla.
The 21-year-old recently came off the bench for last 16 minutes of United’s 3-1 win over Sunderland on Boxing Day and has started only one of his club’s last four matches.
His agent Philippe Lamboley, has asserted the situation and claimed the France worldwide is in demand by Sevilla and said an agreement could be reached during the next transfer window.
Speaking to ABCdeSevilla he said, “We are studying the Sevilla option in detail. Sevilla are a very good club, are in a good position in La Liga, play in the Champions League and have a great coach. That’s all I can tell you.”
The France international has struggled under Jose Mourinho this term to produce his previous season’s form in his first season at Manchester united when he top scored for United with 17 goals, scoring just once and giving three assists with 11 Premier League appearances till now. The Manchester United boss this week encouraged Martial to work harder to acquire a regular starting place.
“Anthony is very, very young — people forget — and last season Manchester United played completely differently. He was basically playing up front. The team had lots of passive ball possession, just waiting to put it into space for Anthony to go and score a goal. This season is more difficult. He needs a little bit of time to improve.”
The Portuguese boss also gave the example of Martial’s team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan who himself at first struggled but came back stronger by working hard to claim his place at the squad.
“Every player is different. I had this season a situation that was more difficult than Anthony — Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan was completely open and understood the difference between me and other coaches he had. The difference between the demands of the Premier League and the Ukrainian league, or even Bundesliga: complete different philosophy of play. And he worked a lot without playing, but he worked a lot to try to reach the level.”
So it is very unlikely that Mourinho and Manchester United would be willing to let Martial leave just after a phenomenal first season where he helped the English giants to win the FA cup glory after 12 long years. But it would be interesting to see how Martial reacts with the transfer window knocking at the door.