The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have become accustomed to rumours linking Anthony Martial with a transfer away from the club in recent weeks.
The Premier League season has finished and the transfer window is just weeks away from re-opening, so big changes could be on the imminent horizon at Old Trafford. The resident Red Devils propping up our bar believe that plenty of new additions with be needed this summer in order to challenge their local-rivals at the summit of the Premier League next season, but they are also expecting plenty of players to depart the club during the upcoming window.
One player who the supporters are eager to keep hold of but may be forced to wave goodbye to this summer is Anthony Martial. The France international has been subjected to plenty of speculation regarding his future of late due to his failure to hold down a regular starting berth this season, and reports from Don Balon suggest United are ready to cash in on him.
According to the report, United have tabled an offer of €60 million plus Martial to sign Gareth Bale from Los Blancos this summer. Considering Bale’s past experience in the Premier League and the quality of his form in recent weeks, it’s fair to say the aforementioned deal would be a fantastic one for the Red Devils to complete for their short term-ambitions – even if the deal is far from financially shrewd.
However, in the long-term, the deal is simply an awful one for United to complete. Martial has lacked consistency throughout his career in the Premier League thus far, but the sporadic glimpses of talent he has demonstrated are enough to suggest he could become a future superstar in world football.
Losing him at the age of just 22 would be a bitter pill for United to swallow, as he is more than likely to blossom into a world class player after departing Old Trafford. Swapping him for Bale – a player well within his prime and with bags of experience to bring to the table – is certainly a transfer which will benefit the club in the short-term, but considering the long-term implications of offloading Martial, it’s a difficult one for the United hierarchy to justify to the supporters.
However, a glittering season from Bale on his return to the Premier League could quickly turn Martial into a distant memory…
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