Martinez for Martial would be signing of the summer if United pull it off
According to The Times, Manchester United have offered Anthony Martial to Inter Milan as part of a swap offer for Lautaro Martinez.
The ambitious offer comes amid competing interest from Arsenal, who could have an advantage with Champions League football.
Inter are said to be considering cashing in on Martinez for approximately £60-70 million, potentially financing buying back Romelu Lukaku, who is underperforming and unhappy at Chelsea.
This would be a tremendous deal if United can pull it off, and, potentially, the signing of the summer. Here is a look at three reasons why a deal could be significant…
Martinez is a terrific talent
Lautaro Martinez is a top talent who has proven to be one of Serie A’s most consistent strikers. This season he has 22 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the league.
This follows 19 goals he scored last season, and 21 the year before that. Still only 24-years-old, Martinez’s best years may be ahead of him, and United would provide a new challenge.
Martinez would fit the bill for United to sign a younger striker, replacing the ageing Edinson Cavani, who will depart on a free.
In the Champions League, Martinez has scored goals against Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Dortmund, and he could become a real hit at Old Trafford.
Dumping Martial’s contract
The top aspect of this deal would arguably be getting rid of Anthony Martial in the process. The Frenchman’s contract is one United need to get rid of.
The Sun reported United were ready to pay Martial a lump sum of £12 million to leave the club, to pay up half of his £250,000 per week wages early, with two years remaining on his contract.
Getting rid of Martial won’t be easy, and if United were able to do it while bringing in Lautaro Martinez, it would be a stroke of genius.
Martinez could play alongside Ronaldo
Part of the attraction of signing Martinez would that he would not simply be an ‘either or’ conundrum for United if Cristiano Ronaldo stays.
He showed at Inter in 2020/21 that he can play up front with another centre-forward, scoring 19 goals alongside Romelu Lukaku.
This could give incoming manager Erik ten Hag some real flexibility in attack, able to play mix up his tactics and play either one or two strikers at once.