Barcelona lining up £60m bid for Anthony Martial in the summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona are considering a £60m bid to prize Anthony Martial away from Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.

The Frenchman, despite an excellent start to the season, has been reduced to just two Premier League starts since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.

His recent lack of game time has prompted reports suggesting he wanted to leave in the summer, with Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur among those interested.

And according to the Mail‘s Adam Crafton, Barcelona, having expressed interest in Martial last summer only to opt for Ousmane Dembele instead, will join the scramble for his services in the summer and are prepared to lodge a £60m bid.

Supporters ought to be wary of the reports suggesting Mourinho wants half of his squad to leave. Such a glut of ‘revelations’, coming soon after the 55-year-old makes a few fiery statements in the media, are now something of a trend after big defeats. They are taking you for a ride.

The prospect of Martial leaving, however, is very real. He is not starting games, does not have the trust of his manager, has plenty of other clubs interested and is unlikely to receive assurances of further playing time in the summer. There is no doubt that the mood has gone sour with that particular relationship.

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