Wednesday 17 October 2018

Martial left waiting for transfer

Manchester United's Anthony Martial. Photo: AP
Manchester United's Anthony Martial. Photo: AP

Miguel Delaney

Anthony Martial's Manchester United future is dependent on a bigger European transfer merry-go-round and the Frenchman could yet end up starting the new season at Old Trafford, despite his wish to leave.

Although Jose Mourinho would rather sell Martial, the Old Trafford hierarchy do not want to let such a talent go to a domestic rival such as Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.

That leaves Paris Saint-Germain as the only club with any real interest in Martial, but they are unlikely to make any move unless they see Real Madrid finally come in with a serious offer for one of their stars.

United had previously spoken with the French club about Martial being available for €80m, but PSG were never going to pay for that for what would currently be a back-up striker.

However, if Real Madrid make a move for Kylian Mbappe or Neymar - with a bid for the Brazilian in particular is still not being ruled out in this window - PSG would be expected to come back in for Martial. (© Independent News Service)

Meanwhile, Ander Herrera has defended the beleaguered Mourinho, claiming that United's players share their manager's sense of frustration at the way the club's tour of the United States has

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport