Anthony Martial may not get his wish of leaving Manchester United after all, after the Reds slapped a hefty price tag on his 22-year-old attacker.
That alone suggests to me that United are serious about keeping the France international at Old Trafford, despite recent reports suggesting that Martial declined to sign a new contract.
Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, this week confirmed his client wanted to leave the club.
“After reflecting carefully on all the possibilities and all the parameters, Anthony has decided he wants to leave Manchester United,” Lamboley said, speaking to RMC Sport. “There are many reasons, for the moment it’s too early to say. Anthony will explain with more detail later on.
“Manchester United wanted to offer Anthony a contract extension and don’t want him to leave, but we haven’t been able to reach an agreement after several months of talks. If Manchester United, the most powerful club in the world, can’t reach an agreement after eight months of negotiations, it means that don’t really consider him to be an important player.”
For starters, United are bigger than Martial and any footballer to have lived. The club shouldn’t bow down to an agent or their clients. Period.
The French attacker is obviously annoyed by his lack of game time following Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January. Martial played 30 league games last season (not bad, is it?!) but his dwindling impact at United saw him left out of the France World Cup squad.
Seemingly, that was the last straw for Martial.
The former Monaco man has one year with an option for an extension remaining on his current contract and United are looking to scare off interested parties by asking for massive amounts of money.
United hold the cards and have every right to play hardball.