Manchester United are reportedly open to including Anthony Martial in the deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.

A recent report from ESPN has offered an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Kane. It appears the Premier League giants are open to using Anthony Martial as a makeweight in the deal to sign the Tottenham Hotspur forward, who is widely expected to leave at the end of the season.

Tottenham’s hefty price tag, exceeding the £100 million mark, though, is considered problematic. Manchester United are hoping to offer Tottenham the opportunity to sign Martial, either as a makeweight or in a separate deal, in an attempt to lower the cost of the overall operation.

Currently on loan at Sevilla, Martial is one of many players who have fallen out of favour at Manchester United. He appears to have no future at the club and is desperate to force his way out of Old Trafford amid interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Martial moved to Sevilla during the January transfer window in an attempt to salvage his career. But the Frenchman has struggled to make an impression in Spain as well, though that has not deterred Spurs, who have been linked with a move for the former AS Monaco starlet in the past.

Back on Manchester City's agenda for summer? (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Back on Manchester United’s agenda for summer? (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Lilywhites are also in the market for a new attacker in the summer, as coach Antonio Conte looks to add more competition for the likes of Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura. The potential addition of Martial, to that end, could add more bite to the attacking unit that has often appeared far too reliant on Kane and Son Heung-min.

Speaking of Kane, the Englishman is likely to seek a new challenge next season after going through yet another trophyless season with Spurs. There have not been any signs of improvement either, with the north London giants struggling to even compete for the top four spots in the league.

However, Tottenham’s Daniel Levy has built a reputation for being a tough negotiator, and it appears unlikely he will be looking to accept Martial as a makeweight. The club chairman may also take note of Manchester City’s interest in the player, with earlier reports suggesting a €140 million bid from the reigning English champions.

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