Erik ten Hag sanctions Anthony Martial sale

Erik ten Hag may agree with Manchester United’s decision to sell sulking eight-goal star Anthony Martial in the summer.

According to The Sun, Erik ten Hag could sanction a sale of Anthony Martial as he could align with the club’s decision for the Frenchman. The sulking 8-goal star has underperformed in the last few years, with persistent injury issues taking precedence.

Anthony Martial arrived at Manchester United as the costliest teenager then, costing the club an initial £36 million. His deal had the potential to take the fee to £58 million with add-ons, as the Red Devils might have paid close to that figure to AS Monaco.

He did start his career at Old Trafford in style, with that tremendous goal against Liverpool on his debut. Having finished that season with 17 goals in all competitions, Martial only bettered that tally once with 23 strikes in the 2019/20 season, which was also his career best.

The 27-year-old has since scored 16 in his last three campaigns, with eight coming in this one in all competitions. Manchester United have placed their trust in the forward for so long, and now they have run out of patience. The club are ready to sell a sulking 8-goal star, but who would come forward to buy him?

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Erik ten Hag reportedly agrees with the club’s take on Martial and could sanction a sale if reasonable offers arrived. Manchester United are already looking at many new striker options, including Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus. They initially wanted one of Harry Kane or Victor Osimhen, but the duo could prove difficult to sign.

Either way, the club could sell the sulking 8-goal star in the summer and hope for reasonable offers. Recent reports linked Aston Villa with a move for Martial, but Unai Emery might not look at him as a serious target unless top scorer Ollie Watkins departs.

Ten Hag is already eyeing up attacking reinforcements ahead of the new window, with a new attacking midfielder and wide forward also expected to arrive. They were linked with an ambitious move for Neymar, with the PSG star reportedly ready for a new challenge.

However, for now, Manchester United will focus on bringing a top-draw striker in the coming window and put the other areas on the back burner. As for Martial, his persistent injury problems have been the major reasons for their downfall, which could also become an issue for interested clubs ahead of a departure from Old Trafford.

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