Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has reportedly emerged as a key transfer target for Serie A giants Juventus ahead of the January window.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Italian heavyweights Juventus are seriously interested in signing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial in January and could make a loan-to-buy offer for the Frenchman.
Martial has been with Manchester United since 2015, having arrived from French outfit AS Monaco. He enjoyed a stellar debut campaign under then-manager Louis van Gaal but has struggled to reach those heights consistently ever since. The 2019/20 season offered a glimmer of hope, but the 25-year-old was poor in the last season and has hardly featured this time out.
Indeed, Martial has featured just times in the Premier League in the 2021/22 campaign, scoring a solitary goal. The French international finds himself behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in the pecking order, with his situation at Old Trafford looking bleak.
Martial had been linked with an exit during the summer transfer window, but none materialised. However, that could be set to change come January with several clubs in England and the rest of Europe taking an interest in his services. Among those teams are Serie A bigwigs Juventus, who are in the market for attacking reinforcements.
The Bianconeri sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United in the summer but failed to replace him adequately, which has left Paulo Dybala with the added burden in the final third of the pitch – something that the club are keen on sorting out in January. Martial, to that end, has emerged as a key target for the Turin-based outfit.
Manchester United, for their part, would be open to offloading the Frenchman in January but will demand a sum of €45-50 million, which Juventus are unwilling to match. Instead, they are preparing a counter-proposal that would see them take Martial on loan for a period of eighteen months from January 2022 to the summer of 2023, at which point they will have an obligation to buy him for €30 million.
The report also adds that Juventus would be willing to pay a portion of Martial’s €13 million per year wages during the loan spell. However, it remains to be seen if Manchester United will entertain such an arrangement or decide to sell him outright in the upcoming transfer window.
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