Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to pay around £40million for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, according to the Daily Mail.
Any move for the young Frenchman will depend on whether the Gunners can nab Monaco’s star striker Kylian Mbappe, which seems unlikely as most of Europe’s top teams are interested in signing the wonderkid.
Out of favour at United
Martial has not quite lived up to his potential since arriving at the club from Monaco in the summer of 2015 for a fee that could eventually reach an eye-watering £57.6 million.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a decent debut campaign in England under Dutch boss Louis van Gaal. However, last season he fell out of favour with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho and started just 18 of United’s 38 Premier League games last season, scoring just four goals and producing six assists.
It seems that United would be interested in selling the forward. However, boss Mourinho and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger have enjoyed a frosty relationship over the years. It seems the Portuguese boss would not want to sell the forward to Wenger.
Wenger is hoping that club bosses can conduct the negotiations instead, which would make any deal more likely to go through.
Still has a lot of potential
Martial is a player with a lot of potential. Prior to moving to United, the youngster helped Monaco knock Arsenal out of the Champions League. His potential and ability were there for all to see over the two legs of that tie.
Arsenal were linked with a bid that summer, but no doubt, the major fee put the Gunners off making a bid for the forward.
He is versatile, quick and obviously still has potential to fulfil. However, he has struggled to make an impact in the top-flight last season. There were unconfirmed reports that his off-the-field activities were distracting him from finding his form.
Would be a gamble
Signing Anthony Martial would be a gamble. He is young and still has time to develop. However, there are doubts about him fulfilling that potential after last season.
The Gunners need signings that can perform consistently next season if they are to challenge for the title next season, with the Gunners odds of 12/1 to win the league next season.
Arsenal no doubt needs to bring in attacking reinforcements. Whether Martial will be one of those reinforcements seems highly doubtful.
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