Bayern Munich Reportedly Join Juventus in Race for Man United’s Anthony Martial

Bayern Munich Reportedly Join Juventus in Race for Man United’s Anthony Martial

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Anthony Martial of Manchester United during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and  Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on March 17, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

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Bayern Munich have reportedly joined Juventus in the pursuit of Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the Mirror‘s Neil McLeman), Bayern are eyeing Martial as a long-term successor to wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who are 34 and 35, respectively. Meanwhile, Juventus want the 22-year-old to replace Mario Mandzukic in Turin.

The Frenchman will soon enter the final year of his deal at Old Trafford, albeit the contract can be extended by a further 12 months, and United would target a fee in excess of €50 million (£43 million).

Martial’s absence from four consecutive matches—a run he broke with a substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday—has prompted rumours surrounding his future:

He was also restricted to brief cameo appearances in both legs of United’s UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Sevilla, despite the side’s struggle to score goals.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has not given reassuring answers when questioned about Martial’s struggle for game time, either, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News:

Martial has struggled for consistency at Old Trafford since he arrived under Louis van Gaal, but Mourinho has been unable to oversee a significant improvement on that front in his two seasons in charge.

The youngster has bagged 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions in this campaign, but he hasn’t found the back of the net since January.

Nevertheless, he’s an electric player when on form, and if he can maintain the high level he’s capable of throughout entire seasons, he’ll be a phenomenal talent.

Sports writers Liam Canning and Sam Pilger believe parting with him would be a grave error:

Given what he can accomplish with the right development, it’s of little surprise Bayern or Juve would jump at the chance to snap him up.

The German side have long needed players capable of filling the boots of Robben and Ribery, even if the ageing duo are still capable of contributing during their twilight years.

Selling him would be a puzzling decision from United’s perspective, but if they do allow him to leave, he’ll have plenty of top-level suitors to choose from.

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April 17, 2018 at 04:00AM

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