Man Utd ‘open to selling’ fan favourite as Erik ten Hag lines up another Ajax reunion

Jason Soutar
Man Utd forward Anthony Martial during a training session

Man Utd are open to selling Anthony Martial this summer with Erik ten Hag interested in reuniting with Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus, according to reports.

The French forward joined the Premier League club from AS Monaco in 2015 – the same year he was named Golden Boy.

The 27-year-old hit the ground running at Old Trafford, scoring that goal against Liverpool that got Martin Tyler quite excited, before netting a crucial brace in a 3-2 win at Southampton.

However, over the course of his time at the club, Martial has not lived up to his reported €60million transfer fee.

He has been sidelined more often than not this term with injuries taking their toll on the former Monaco youngster.

When fit, Martial has been a handy player to have and showed glimpses of what he can produce in Thursday’s Europa League draw at home to Sevilla – who the striker spent the second half of last season on loan with.

Having said that, his fitness has been a huge problem this season and it is obvious he cannot be United’s long-term solution in the No. 9 position.

Ten Hag is expected to sign a new striker in the summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit last November.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Tottenham’s Harry Kane are among those being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

You would expect Martial to stay to provide cover up top; however, it has been reported by Manchester Evening News that he could be sold this summer.

As well as Martial, it is believed that Man Utd have deemed club captain Harry Maguire is surplus to requirements.

The French international has only managed 18 appearances across all competitions this term.

While Ten Hag seeks a long-term solution to lead the line, it has been reported once again that he wants to bring in Ajax forward Kudus.

The 22-year-old is a very versatile player who can play anywhere in attack, as well as behind the striker.

He has been excellent this term, scoring 18 goals and providing five assists in 38 games across all competitions.

Having previously worked with Kudus, Ten Hag is keen to sign the Ghanian international, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Kudus is one of many forwards on the Dutch manager’s summer wishlist.

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