Sevilla reaches ‘agreement’ for Man Utd star despite ‘big problem’

Date published: Friday 24th December 2021 12:43 - Joe Williams

Man Utd striker Anthony Martial looks disappointed

Sevilla have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ as they look to bring Anthony Martial to Spain from Man Utd in January, according to reports.

The Frenchman was impressive during the 2019/20 season at Old Trafford, contributing 17 goals and six assists in the Premier League but it has gone downhill from there for the 26-year-old.

Injury and poor form saw Martial score just four goals last campaign, while he has bagged just one in seven appearances this term for the Red Devils.

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His agent, Philippe Lamboley, told Sky Sports News earlier this month: “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January.

“He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

Martial has been linked with moves to Juventus, Barcelona, Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks but now TuttoMercatoWeb claims that Sevilla have ‘reached an agreement in principle’ to sign Martial and the striker ‘will move to Spain’.

Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) are also following Sevilla’s interest in Martial and they add that although Julen Lopetegui’s outfit have ‘made arrangements’ with Man Utd and Martial over the move, there is a ‘big problem’.

The France international’s €8m-a-year salary is ‘absolutely unaffordable’ with Sevilla only able to afford a loan deal if United help them out with some of his wages.

Meanwhile, former Man Utd right-back Gary Neville reckons it’s the right time for Martial to leave Old Trafford.

Neville said on Sky Sports: “I think if they can get good money for him I would. I probably would have said that if they could have got good money for him in the summer, with the players they’ve got then yes I would. I think the time has come.

“I think they’ve always been wary of getting burnt. Of him leaving for £25 million and then going on to become a £100 million player because he is a special talent.

“I just don’t think he’ll ever work at Old Trafford, to the extent they’ve got (Marcus) Rashford, (Mason) Greenwood, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Edinson) Cavani, other players as well.

“I just think now is the time for him to leave and go and play regular football. I think it’s the right time.”


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