Manchester United could reportedly sanction the sale of French winger Anthony Martial in an attempt to secure the signature of long-term target and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in the summer.
Martial, 22, has enjoyed good success with the Red Devils, having accumulated 11 goals and a further 10 assists in all competitions, but his future is in question with Alexis Sanchez having joined the club in January.
Since Sanchez’s arrival, Martial has managed just four starts for the Mancunian giants, and he was an unused substitute during the recent 2-0 triumph over Swansea City in the Premier League.
According to The Mirror, Jose Mourinho could sanction the sale of Martial during the summer in order to recoup part of the funds required for Bale’s switch from the Bernabeu.
Bale is currently valued at around £88m at the European champions, and United could amass more than half of that sum from Martial’s sale with Juventus in constant contract with his agent.
Despite the speculation, it would come as a huge surprise, if United are to pursue a new front signing during the summer with Mourinho stressing that he is content with his options at hand.
Martial has just 15 months left on his deal with the Europa League holders, but United have the leeway of prolonging his stay for another year via an extension clause, which could deter the interest from the Frenchman’s suitors.