Anthony Martial has to show clubs he is worth big wages or accept a pay cut
Anthony Martial faces a big 2022. In a dream scenario he will clinch a place in France’s World Cup squad and play a key role in Qatar.
To get there, he probably needs to leave Manchester United, and has already acknowledged this. Martial was omitted from France’s most recent international squad back in November after a lack of game time at Old Trafford.
Martial is pushing for a loan move, with Sky Sports reporting he favours a move to Sevilla. A loan is of course just a temporary solution.
Martial’s big wages
For Martial to clinch a permanent exit, he needs to find a club willing to pay is big wages, or accept a pay cut.
Sky Sports report Martial earns £250,000 per week, a salary he agreed when he signed a contract extension in 2019.
His output over the past 12 months has not been reflective of the wages he earns. This calendar year Martial has scord just four goals for Manchester United.
Three of these goals came in January and February, and Martial has netted just once since, in the draw with Everton this season.
Injuries have been a factor, with Martial missing the last few weeks of last season, and he has also been out for the last three weeks.
These fitness problems are also an issue clubs will be bearing in mind, amid their own reluctance to pay Martial what he earns at United.
This is not a new problem for United. The club have frequently overpaid players. It is part of the reason why United have been stuck with Phil Jones, and were left with Marcos Rojo for so long.
To be fair to Martial, after signing his contract extension, he lifted his game, scoring 23 goals in 2019/20. But this was a one-off, he has netted just eight times since and slipped down from first choice forward to fifth choice.
Loan can be a bridge to permanent exit
Based on his last 12 months, no club in their right minds would agree to match Martial’s £250,000 per week wages.
This is why a loan move is necessary, even if United have to partly subsidise his salary in the short-term to make it happen.
A successful loan for Martial can allow him to show clubs he is worth the money next summer, for both the permanent fee he would cost and the wages he would command.
Martial will probably have to take a wage cut one way or another. Strong performances on loan could at least minimise the drop he will have to take.
A strong showing on loan in which he nets double figures in the second half of the season should not change United’s minds about him – but they could help persuade other clubs to pay up. Especially if he reclaims his France place.
Martial’s future is down to him. An agreement is likely between United and an interested club of his choice, with Sky Sports reporting Sevilla are keen. The rest is up to Martial to make it a success, and open further doors of opportunity and earnings next season, away from Old Trafford.
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