Romano says Sevilla could not afford to sign Martial from United

Anthony Martial’s agent has declared his client wants to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window.

After crunch talks between Martial and Ralf Rangnick, Sevilla reportedly made a loan bid for the Frenchman but he did not make the move.

That door into La Liga looks to be closing, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting Sevilla are now interested in an alternative striker – Bologna’s Riccardo Orsolini.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has told Rio Ferdinand’s Five YouTube channel why United are struggling to offload Martial – and it comes down to finances.

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“The main issue has been some of the methods in training,” said Romano more generally about players who are unhappy at United. “With Ole’s stuff and also with Ralf Rangnick’s stuff.

“This is what happens, but the other problem is that in today’s football, it is not easy to sell players.

“We can mention Anthony Martial. He wants to go, we know he wants to go, his agent said it publicly after seven years at Manchester United. But it is also fair to say that United want his whole salary to be paid and a loan fee.

“For example, Sevilla, who approached United, cannot pay this money. So then the decision is really slow, the player is not happy and you have a problem because it is not positive energy in the dressing room.”

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United had a decision to make over whether not recouping all of Martial’s wages would have been worth it to get him out on loan and potentially raise interest in him and his market value if he did well at Sevilla.

An example would have been Jesse Lingard, who increased his standing and reputation no-end at West Ham last season.

That said, United still failed to capitalise on that and look set to lose him for free at the end of the season.

The club has held firm on Martial, from the looks of it, but that means he is still around the club but seemingly not a viable option for Rangnick, and as Romano says, that cannot be good for the dressing room.

It remains to be seen whether the stance softens as the window rolls on, but if Sevilla do sign Orsolini, that door will close and there are not a huge amount of clubs in world football who can pay the wages required to sign United players.

It might be that United’s demands have seen them miss an opportunity to offload an unhappy player and get him back in the shop window, but time will tell.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.