Manchester United are willing to let Real Madrid sign Anthony Martial on loan this summer
As the transfer window enters its final days, Manchester United’s primary focus appears to be on player departures rather than arrivals, as more sales may help them sign new players before the deadline day.
In line with this strategy, Spanish outlet Fichajes has stated that the Red Devils have offered La Liga giants Real Madrid a chance to sign Anthony Martial on loan, with an option and not an obligation to buy the player.
It is understood that this move could be beneficial for the 14-time UEFA Champions League winners, given their current need for additional attacking options due to an injury to their star player, Vinicius Jr.
Currently, Joselu is their sole natural choice in the forward position after the departure of the ever-reliant Karim Benzema to the Saudi Pro League this summer.
Bringing in Martial could serve as a viable temporary solution for Los Blancos, particularly because there’s no obligatory commitment involved; they can assess his performance and decide later.
This move could also benefit Man United, given that Madrid are one of the few clubs capable of covering the French striker’s huge weekly wages, which are in excess of £200,000.
Martial’s time at Old Trafford has been marked by inconsistency, made worse by recurring injuries.
He recently returned from another lengthy injury spell and was included in the starting lineup against Nottingham Forest.
However, it seemed that his physicality and speed had been affected by these injuries, resulting in an ineffective performance once again.
The slower, more tactically-oriented style of Spanish domestic football could potentially be a better fit for the 27-year-old, especially considering the fact that Madrid’s world-class midfield would help him score more goals.
Should the La Liga side agree to cover most, if not all, of his salary, it could be a mutually beneficial move.
However, Martial‘s long history of injuries could be a stumbling block since Madrid will be careful about signing injury-prone players.
Although the former AS Monaco ace’s departure could help United save wages, there has been no concrete interest in their player.
Also, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that they won’t be signing any more players this summer.
Even if the Red Devils do find a club for Martial, they won’t have time to sign another proper back-up since Hojlund is still injured and Marcus Rashford has been ineffective as a striker in the initial games of this Premier League season.
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Things look bleak for the Frenchman and his chances of leaving Man United anytime soon. He might have to accept his limited role at Old Trafford this season.