Barcelona send scouts to watch Anthony Martial in action against Benfica

by Leo Nieboer

Representatives from Barcelona were present for Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League to further monitor Anthony Martial ahead of a potential summer bid, according to reports from Spain.

Reports last month claimed that, following a superb start to the 2017/18 campaign, Barcelona were lining up a bid for the Frenchman.

Martial, having started at Anfield, came off the bench with around 20 minutes left and forced a save out of Mile Svilar after burning past Douglas, who is on loan from Barcelona.

And according to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, representatives were present to get a closer look at Martial in preparation for a possible bid.

This would have been an awkward night for Barcelona’s scouts as Douglas found himself twisted inside and out by Marcus Rashford whilst Alex Grimaldo – a La Masia graduate who was never given a chance to impress in the first team – was Benfica’s best player by some distance.

But they finally did get to see Martial in action and, whilst his time on the pitch was brief, that raw slickness and menace on the ball was there to see.

And the Frenchman – hardly one for getting emotionally attached to a club, or anything really – may be tempted by an offer from Barcelona to figure as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.

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