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Man Utd forward Anthony Martial closing in on Sevilla move

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is close to joining Sevilla on loan with an option to buy next summer, French publication L’Equipe claims.

The winger is keen on leaving the Red Devils next month, and the same has been confirmed by his agent Phillippe Lamboley and interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Earlier this week, Sevilla failed with an approach for Martial. They had proposed a short-term loan deal while agreeing to pay part of the Frenchman’s weekly wages.

The offer was rejected outright by the Red Devils, but it is now reported that the Andalusian outfit are nearing an agreement. They plan to negotiate a loan deal with a buy option this time.

Sporting director Monchi has identified Martial as the prime attacking target ahead of the January transfer window as the club aim to improve their fortunes in front of goal this season.

Our view:

Martial fell down the pecking order during the back end of last season. Edinson Cavani was regularly picked ahead of him to lead the line before he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The 26-year-old has endured a similar situation this term. With the surprise return of Cristiano Ronaldo, he has been limited to just 202 minutes of Premier League football thus far.

The £30 million-rated star was excluded from the matchday squad for the recent Newcastle trip, and it appears pretty clear that Rangnick won’t pick a player not fully committed to the club’s cause.

It appears only a matter of time before Martial could head for the exit door. Juventus have also been linked with his services.

They want him on a permanent transfer and are prepared to offer Dejan Kulusevski on a short-term loan as a makeweight.

However, Sevilla could have the upper hand over the Bianconeri as the player himself is keen on linking up with them.

Martial believes he would have the guarantee of regular starts at Sevilla, who are flying high in the second position in La Liga.

The Frenchman would also have the assurance of playing in Europe via the Europa League. Sevilla are the record champions with six titles.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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