Barcelona and Real Madrid interested in signing Manchester United’s Anthony Martial – report

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both expressed an interest in signing Anthony Martial over the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Frenchman, who enjoyed a sensational debut campaign under Louis van Gaal, has netted 21 goals since arriving in September 2015.

And despite making a lukewarm start to life under Jose Mourinho, Martial has begun to display signs of his true brilliance in recent games against West Ham United and Everton.

According to the Sun‘s Ken Lawrence, the 21-year-old has been subject to interest from the two Spanish giants.

That’s right, folks, it’s that time of year. That wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, that’s not important (sorry children). I’m talking about transfer rumours – January transfer rumours. Numerous names linked with numerous clubs, only for virtually nothing to actually happen. It’s like going on to and choosing a random number to bet on, that’s how many players United are always linked with and this January will be no different.

The idea of either Barcelona or Real Madrid moving for a promising – but ultimately still inexperienced and developing – Premier League youngster is largely unheard of. Especially during the January transfer window. Barcelona, under Luis Enrique, have adopted a policy that places emphasis on energetic, technically gifted players that have impressed in Spain or France for a few years, with their zenith fast approaching.

And Madrid, as we all know, crave the regular acquiring of an established, internationally revered superstar.

Martial, despite his unquestionable brilliance, simply doesn’t fit either of these moulds.

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