Transfer Update: Manchester United and Sevilla reach agreement over loan deal for Anthony Martial
According to The Guardian, Manchester United and Sevilla reached an agreement over a loan deal for Anthony Martial for the rest of the 2021-22 season. His agent, Philippe Lamboley, expressed back in December that the striker wanted to leave Old Trafford in search of more minutes, which led eventually to this move.
Julen Lopetegui’s side has agreed to pay £5million in loan fees while taking over the wages in full for the services of Martial. There is no buy option in this loan deal so he would be returning to Man United next summer. According to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have confirmed that the move is going to take place.
The Frenchman has a contract with the Red Devils until 2024 and so, it will be interesting to see what lies in store for him after this campaign. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United were monitoring the situation, but his preference was to join the La Liga club.
The board had taken stick in the past and for the right reasons as well, but they have done well regarding this particular loan deal. Freeing up £150,000-a-week salary package is a smart piece of business, which is further boosted by the sizeable fee for the temporary move.
Since the Man United attacker wanted to leave us, there was no reason to keep hold of him. And it makes more sense after the recent development of Anthony Elanga. The youngster looks to be gaining more prominence which perhaps protects us in terms of team depth in the forward line.
It would be best for the France international if he can recapture some of the form he showed in 2019/20 in Spain. Jesse Lingard had time away at West Ham United, where he garnered more minutes and was able to showcase his quality. We would hope to see a repeat of that with the loanee by the end of this term.
Who knows, maybe the Red Devils centre-forward could have a bigger role next season with us if the stars align in his favour. Lingard and Edinson Cavani will become free agents next summer, so there would be a gap that needs to be filled if they do not end up signing an extension in the coming months. Whether that will happen or not would only be known in due time.
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Los Nervionenses are currently 2nd in the La Liga table after 22 games, trailing leaders Real Madrid by four points. If the ex-AS Monaco ace can help guide them to their first league title since 1946, he would certainly catch the eye of Les Bleus as they prepare to defend their FIFA World Cup title in Qatar later this year.