Anthony Martial’s agent recently declared his client wants to leave Manchester United in January.

For his part, Ralf Rangnick responded bullishly, saying he does not communicate with agents via the press.

He has also said that he may consider loan exits for some players in his United squad and there is apparently loan interest in Martial now.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
(Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Juventus interest

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are looking into the prospect of signing Martial next month.


They report that United’s economic demands are high in terms of a permanent transfer, so Juve would look into a loan deal until the end of the season.

United and Juventus of course did business during the summer over the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, so there should be a decent relationship there.

Of course, it is Ronaldo’s sensational comeback which has pushed Martial even further down the United pecking order to the point where he now wants to leave.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
(Maria Jose Segovia/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Does a loan exit make sense for United?

With the current situation regarding Covid, United may decide that it is best to keep as many options at the club as possible.

And they may also decide that there is little point not having Martial around if they are not getting a transfer fee in for him.

That said, a mid-season loan deal reinvigorated Jesse Lingard last season and boosted his market value.

United’s typical incompetence in terms of offloading players meant they didn’t take full advantage but the impact of the loan exit was clear for all to see.

And there are plenty of reasons why the time is right for Martial to go now.

He does not fit Rangnick’s pressing style, his career has stalled, United have plenty of other options and he wants to leave.

It would be good for him to get regular games elsewhere, to at least put himself in the shop window if nothing else, rather than continue his current malaise.

It remains to be see which other offers United get, but the time is right for Martial to leave and there may not be too many realistic suitors by the time the window opens.

Have something to tell us about this article?