Saturday 24 August 2019

Sevilla make move to secure the services Manchester United star Anthony Martial in January

Manchester United's Anthony Martial
Manchester United's Anthony Martial

Jack Austin

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be staying at Manchester United for another year but the club could be willing to allow another striker leave, with Anthony Martial’s future being plunged into doubt.

Jose Mourinho confirmed after the 3-1 win over Sunderland on Boxing Day that although Ibrahimovic’s one-year extension was not officially triggered, he, the striker and the board were already committed for another year.

Ibrahimovic scored his 17th goal of the season – his 12th in the Premier League – against Sunderland and assisted a further two, leading his manager to say he would be staying.

Asked if the one-year extension clause had been activated, Mourinho said: "Not yet, but it is activated in his brain and it is activated also in my decisions, the owners and the board's, so no problem."

However, Spanish sports daily AS have reported that Martial could be set to exit Old Trafford after a poor second season at the club, with Europa League champions Sevilla keen to bring him in in January.

The Frenchman has had a reduced role in Mourinho’s side this season with off-field problems seemingly distracting him and the paper claim that the club have even made contact with Martial’s agent as a result.

AS also reveal that Manchester United target James Rodriguez will not be leaving Real Madrid in the January transfer window.

The Colombian, like Martial at United, has experienced a bit-part role at the club since Zinedine Zidane took over at the Bernabeu but his agent Jorge Mendes told the paper that he “will not be leaving Madrid in January”.

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