Tottenham have once again been linked with a move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
Spurs are said to be long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, who has suffered with inconsistency and injuries during his six-year spell with United.
The France international moved to United in 2015, in a deal thought to be worth around £54million from AS Monaco and got off to a flying start at Old Trafford – scoring a sensational solo goal in his debut against rivals Liverpool.
When Martial netted against the Merseyside club, it looked like the young talent had the world at his feet, but for one reason or another, things have not quite worked out for him in Manchester.
Now, it seems that Manchester United have made a brutal decision over Martial’s future with the club.
According to the Daily Star, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed the forward, who has three years remaining on his current contract in Manchester, on the transfer list and Spurs are said to be one of the clubs interested in making a move for the Frenchman.
The north London club are reportedly keen on the forward, but his £250,000-a-week wage demands could prove to be an issue for Daniel Levy.
United have just signed Jadon Sancho for around £76m from Borussia Dortmund and Martial has now been deemed surplus to requirements.
This might not be a surprise to some, given Martial’s fair share of criticism in the past, not least from ex-footballers-turned-pundits.
Sky Sports duo Graeme Souness and Roy Keane are brutal in their criticism, at times, and they were when speaking about Martial earlier this year.
After Martial was left on the bench for United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea in February 2021, Souness said: “Martial, I am not surprised he has left him out. I think he is a young man who has all the talent in the world to succeed at the highest level but will he be disappointed he is not playing today?
“Does he ever show he has a passion about the game or emotional about the game? He’s one of those players that will look back and think, ‘I could’ve done so much.’ I’m a fan but I’m not a fan.”
To which Keane replied: “He doesn’t look like he loves the game, which is always a worry.”
Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici have been tasked with the big job of bringing in new players this summer as Spurs look to kick on under their new management.
Martial, despite his inconsistent performances in Manchester, could be a shrewd bit of business by the club.
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