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Transfer News: Sevilla change stance on Anthony Martial’s future as loan spell goes from ‘bad to worse’

Anthony Martial is making little to no meaningful impact at Sevilla. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Anthony Martial is making little to no meaningful impact at Sevilla. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Manchester United ace Anthony Martial’s Sevilla loan transfer goes from ‘bad to worse’ with return to Old Trafford on the cards

According to Spanish outlet Marca (h/t The Sun), Manchester United loanee Anthony Martial is expected to return to his parent club after his temporary move to Sevilla in January has gone from ‘bad to worse’.

The Frenchman departed for Spain from the English side in the winter transfer window on a temporary basis as he searched for opportunities where he would be afforded first-team football after falling down the pecking order at United.

However, his time in Seville has not gone according to plan as he seems to be struggling to make the starting line-up for Julen Lopetegui’s side, unable to contribute meaningfully to goals and assists for his new team. He has just 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 games for the Spanish side.

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial completed a six-month loan move to Sevilla in January. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial completed a six-month loan move to Sevilla in January. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer and the presence of Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in the squad, Martial saw his chances of becoming the Red Devils’ main striker disappear this term as he was relegated to the bench for the first half of the season.

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His loan move to Sevilla was an attempt to revive his career in La Liga, but he is now expected to return to Old Trafford in the summer when his loan deal expires at the end of the season, ending his short stay in Spain. 

Sevilla were previously keen to sign Martial on a permanent move for a club-record fee, but after seeing his performances for them at close quarters, they seem to have gone back on their decision. They had even beaten Barcelona to his signature in January, with the Frenchman gaining significant interest during the winter transfer window.  

Manchester United will welcome back Anthony Martial in the summer after his Sevilla move has gone from bad to worse.
Manchester United will welcome back Anthony Martial in the summer after his Sevilla move has gone from bad to worse.

The 26-year-old’s career at the Theatre of Dreams has not turned out quite the way one hoped after he made a blockbuster start to life in England by scoring against arch-rivals Liverpool in a 3-1 win in front of the home fans.

Having signed as a teenager from AS Monaco in 2015, he would go on to become a regular for his new team in his initial years at the club, where his performances earned him a call-up to the France national team in what seemed like the beginning of a success story.

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This was not meant to be, however, as his levels have dipped in recent seasons and the France international has looked like a shadow of the player he once was. Ronaldo’s arrival this campaign confirmed United’s intentions on where they stand on Martial, with the striker having to do make do with a place on the bench.

His time at Sevilla seems to be charting out similarly, barely making an impact even when he has started for the La Liga side. Even though he is expected to return to Manchester in the summer, only time will tell whether he will stay at his parent club beyond the summer or seek first-team opportunities elsewhere once again.

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