Manchester United News: According to reports, Manchester United is considering paying Anthony Martial £12.5 million to never play for them again.
The 26-year-old has spent the second half of the season on loan at Sevilla. He has only one goal in 11 games due to a combination of bad form and injury.
Old Trafford officials are debating whether to pay out the final two years of Martial’s contract. It will allow him to become a free agent since the Spanish club has not ruled out a permanent move.
Sevilla cannot afford the Frenchman’s £240,000-a-week wages, but the Sun claims that a compromise might be reached if the LaLiga club can secure his arrival on a free transfer.
Manchester United News: Martial not a part of the plan
Since joining Julen Lopetegui’s team in January, United has covered 60% of Martial’s wage, and he would earn £25 million if he stayed at the club until 2024.
Having paid £36 million for his talents as a youngster in 2015, United is willing to take a loss on the Frenchman. Given his poor performance in Sevilla, new Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag is unlikely to see Martial as a long-term player.
Meanwhile, Sevilla sporting director Monchi has left the possibility of the forward staying permanently open. “His transfer was less expensive than you may assume,” he told Radio Sevilla, “But it’s still a big risk, only six or seven million euros.”
“Unfortunately, Martial has been injured most of the time since his arrival. That makes it very difficult to assess Martial’s performance. I won’t say anything just yet but of course, we must observe. I am not dismissing his continuity.”
According to AS, Lopetegui remarked on his loanee’s problems, “This is elite football. People are free to express themselves as they feel.” I need to help him become the best version of himself. He must do his part and follow our instructions.”
What did Martial have to say about it?
Martial has revealed that his life has been complicated recently and has spoken to ABC Sevilla about it. Sport Witness quoted the 30-cap France international as stating, “I find it very tough to be able to continue at Sevilla.” “Right now, I’m not concerned about it.”
“I came prepared because I knew it would be six months before I had to return to Manchester United. I’m ecstatic at the thought of joining a new club, especially one as large as Sevilla, and regaining some playing time.”
“If we can finish in the top four, we’ll have achieved our goal. I’ll be grateful to the fans, who have been incredibly supportive of me since I arrived.”