Martial has reportedly held talks with Rangnick over his United future

Anthony Martial held crunch talks with Ralf Rangnick over his Manchester United future yesterday (Thursday) as per the Athletic.

Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley told the media earlier this month that his client wants to leave Old Trafford when the January transfer window opens.

Rangnick responded that he does not deal with agents publicly and if any players want to consider their future, they need to discuss it with him.

That appears to be what Martial has done as United return to training after two postponed games ahead of Monday’s meeting with Newcastle.

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The Athletic claim that Lamboley’s comments were quite confusing and it is not clear what is going to be achieved by them because Martial has been on the market since the summer.

Clubs were aware of that but his salary, which the report says is around £240,000-a-week, is prohibitive to many of them.

The report says that Barcelona and Juventus have taken a look previously but neither are in a position to make a swoop in January.

Sevilla and Lyon are also keen but the finances involved may mean a deal is beyond them as we await the outcome of the talks between Rangnick and Martial.

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The time looks right for Martial to move on if United can get the finances of any deal right.

He has slipped way down the pecking order at United and has no chance of usurping Cristiano Ronaldo up front. Martial also does not seem suited to Rangnick’s intense style of play.

The first thing he needs to do is get himself fit because he missed the clash with Norwich. The enforced break due to the Covid outbreak may have helped on that score.

But it remains to be seen whether United accept a loan for a fee, as well as having another team pay a part of his wages, but the report says ‘it would not be a surprise to see Martial stay beyond January’ at this stage.

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