Barcelona are contemplating making an approach for Anthony Martial, with Manchester United likely to accept his departure in January.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are already eyeing their next bargain signing ahead of the January window, with Anthony Martial part of the list. The Catalans will continue facing the cash crunch at the club, which could push them towards cheap signings to bolster their squad.

Unlike the summer of 2022, when Barcelona emerged as one of the highest spenders, they lacked the funds to make some moves in 2023. Instead, the club adopted a policy to make bargain signings and even managed to bring high-profile players on loan.

Ilkay Gundogan arrived on a free transfer while they completed loan signings of Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo on deadline day after agreeing with their respective clubs. Whether they are in a position to make those players a permanent fixture in their squad next season remains a big question.

In any case, Barcelona do not want to stop in their quest to strengthen and will continue to look out for bargain deals in the market. They have already emerged as suitors for out-of-favour Manchester United star Jadon Sancho amid his tussle with Erik ten Hag.

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As per the report, Barcelona are also contemplating approaching Anthony Martial, another player who does not have a long-term future with the Red Devils. Despite some reported interest in the €80 million Manchester United ace, no club came in with a concrete proposal for the Frenchman.

Manchester United are keen to get rid of the forward who has been inconsistent and constantly injured. The latter may have been the reason for a reduced interest in the forward, but Barcelona are open to taking the risk.

They are likely to plot a loan move for the Frenchman in January. Manchester United have the option to extend his current deal that lasts in 2024. Hence, a loan move for six months is a possibility, but to protect their investment, the Red Devils must trigger the extension.

For Barcelona, Martial may not come across as a priority target but could become a high-quality alternative if they cannot achieve other players. With the Frenchman’s role set to reduce at Manchester United following the arrival of Rasmus Hojlund, he might leave for regular action elsewhere.

Comments 1

  1. Icantbelieveitsnotbetter says:

    Fairy story…or huge sigh of relief

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