The club’s chiefs believe that they are close to making a deal to keep the attacker at Old Trafford and that he will sign a new five-year deal pretty soon.
Metro‘s Sean Kearns believes that both parties were close to agreeing to a new deal back in November 2017, but the arrival of Chilean Alexis Sanchez made things complicated. Martial’s agent even claimed that his client wanted to exit the club during the summer, but this was apparently done to “accelerate contract negotiations.”
The report also noted that manager Jose Mourinho had contemplated selling the Frenchman, but his good form made the former change his mind. This new deal does, however, raise questions regarding the future of Mourinho himself, as he wanted the funds from any player sales to be used in bringing in players during the winter transfer window, especially a defender and a winger.
Martial is in the last year of his current deal, and this contract does include a one-year extension that the club can trigger if contract talks are going nowhere.
The 22-year-old, who joined from AS Monaco in 2015, has made just three Premier League starts this season, scoring one goal which came in the 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United two weeks back.
Column on Anthony Martial: there’s a serious player in there somewhere but it’s Mbappe, who filled the hole he left at Monaco, who is becoming the player #mufc hoped Martial would. He has time on his side but are his struggles really all down to Mourinho? https://t.co/K6t9j51rrW
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 14, 2018
Kearns has described Martial’s start to the season as “encouraging”, but others disagree. James Ducker of the Telegraph believes he has shown flashes of his tremendous potential but continues to struggle, which he doubts is all down to Mourinho.
The Portugese gaffer has used Martial more on the wing, a position the midfielder has gradually moved towards during his time at Old Trafford. At Monaco, Martial had most of his successes as a central striker, but that position has been taken up recently at United by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku.
The report also claims that defender Luke Shaw’s new deal is the current priority for the club, after which the focus will shift to Martial and goalkeeper David De Gea.
There is a core group of players who are young enough to become world beaters and mainstays at the club for a decade, so United must ensure all these players are retained and tied down as soon as possible, for most are out of contract at the end of this season or the next. Failure to do so would amount to negligence on the part of the club and the manager and erode more goodwill in the eyes of the already disillusioned fans and former players.