At this moment in time, who would Manchester United fans rather keep; Alexis Sanchez or Anthony Martial? It is barely even a contest.
The Frenchman has struggled for consistency in recent months but has come into a run of form far hotter than anything Sanchez has been able to muster since his protracted January arrival.
Sanchez shunted Martial, as well as Marcus Rashford, down the United pecking order but Jose Mourinho’s expensive decision to bring in somebody viewed as a ‘proven’ talent has not paid off.
Now Sanchez has been offered a route out of Old Trafford at the same time as Martial’s current United deal is running down rapidly. The scenario may just work out for all concerned…
The Sanchez deal
According to the Sun, Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing Sanchez. They report that Sanchez is earning a staggering £505,000 per week and the French champions are one of the only clubs in world football who can afford to pay that kind of money.
The flip side for United is that PSG are reportedly interested in a cut-price, or even free, transfer; but that should be weighed up against the fact he only came in for a swap deal in the first instance.
For all the excitement surrounding Sanchez’s arrival, there can’t be too many fans who would bemoan losing him now and freeing up a substantial chunk of money to spend on wages elsewhere; especially at a time when someone else may be after an improved deal…
Martial’s new contract
Martial’s contract expires at the end of this season and while a cynic may point to the correlation between that fact and his sudden upturn in performance, there is no doubt that he is United’s form attacker right now.
Clearing Sanchez out of the way would pave the way for Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to reaffirm their faith in Martial; making it clear that he is part of the club’s future and offering him a new long-term deal.
Martial is the kind of player that United simply cannot afford to lose, moreso when the alternative is to throw good money after bad in the hope of maybe one or two more good years from Alexis.