Anthony Martial is one of four Manchester United players that Newcastle United could look to sign, according to a report from The Daily Mirror.
The 25-year-old has struggled for form of late, with just five Premier League goals since the start of the 2020/21 season.
His contract at Old Trafford runs until June 2024, but the Red Devils have the option to extend it for a further year. His estimated transfer value has fallen to £31.5m, its lowest point since the summer of 2017 (via Transfermarkt).
As per The Daily Mirror, Newcastle are tipped to ‘flex their financial muscles’ when the mid-season transfer window rolls around as they look to ward off any relegation concerns.
Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, could come under ‘pressure’ from the Tyneside club amid interest in Martial, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard. Of that group, the former is said to be the likeliest to leave Old Trafford in the near future.
Red Devils co-owner Joel Glazer is apparently a keen admirer of the Frenchman and has blocked his exit in the past, but his resolve could be tested at the turn of the year when Newcastle dip into their ‘war chest’.
Would Martial be the smartest signing of the four? It’s hard to say when we don’t know who’ll be in charge at Newcastle and what system they might want to play.
We do know that he’s a quality player on top form, as he demonstrated in 2019/20 when he scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions, but his alarming drop-off since then makes the move a risk. Meanwhile, Bailly could improve Newcastle’s defence but his injury record is a real concern.
Van de Beek and Lingard showed their class at Ajax and West Ham respectively but won’t get the opportunity do so on a consistent basis at Old Trafford, so they could be clever acquisitions for the Magpies.
In other news, two managerial candidates have emerged for Newcastle.
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