Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United this summer, after negotiations on a new contract have stalled, according to his agent.
While United are believed to want French international Martial, 22, to stay and extend his deal, Philippe Lamboley says that after several months of negotiations no agreement has been reached and the player now feels it is time to move on.
Speaking to French news outlet RMC Sport, Lamboley said: “After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them.
“I think that when United, the most powerful club in the world, do not find an agreement after eight months of negotiations then they do not really want to keep such an important player in their squad. That’s why this decision has come – it’s a well-thought-out decision.
“Everyone will have their opinion but I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come.”
Martial has been known to have been frustrated at United last season, when he was in and out of the starting XI, and found his opportunities more limited after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.
This news will be noted by several clubs around Europe who have been monitoring Martial’s contractual situation. In England,
Tottenham Hotspur have been rumoured to be interested in signing him – and they do need additional strikers to support Harry Kane.
Meanwhile Italian champions Juventus are also said to be interested in bringing him to Turin. Doubtless other sides will also be looking at Martial now they know that he is wanting a move.
Martial joined United in 2015 for £36 million, and the club would want to at least recoup their money, and probably look for a significant increase on it, for a player who is still contracted and has likely not reached his peak as a footballer.
The sale would also help to balance the books at United; manager Jose Mourinho has already spent £71 million on Fred and Diogo Dalot this summer, and is looking to bring in further players.