Journalist Tom Barclay has admitted the prospect of Crystal Palace signing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is an exciting one.
Spanish outlet Fichajes first reported the Eagles’ apparent interest in the 25-year-old a few weeks ago as speculation grows over his potentially imminent Old Trafford exit continues to mount.
And now Barclay has given his verdict on Martial’s proposed arrival at Selhurst Park, claiming it’s a mouth-watering prospect and a move that could reignite the Frenchman’s career.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s a top player. Imagine if Palace did actually sign him.
“I think Martial will probably leave Manchester United, go to a club which is a bit further down the pecking order but play regularly and be fantastic.
“He’s a France international and does play, albeit not all the time. He has played of late in a France team that has got so many options. He is a wonderful player.”
Despite Martial’s struggles over the last 18 months or so, Palace fans will be buzzing at the reported interest in his services, given his previous exploits for the Red Devils and Barclay’s captivating claim.
The versatile forward appeared to have taken his game to the next level during the 2019/20 season, bagging 23 goals and providing a further 12 assists in 48 appearances for United in all competitions.
However, Martial was unable to build on that impressive 2019/20 showing last term. Injuries and a lack of form saw the former Monaco ace start just 17 Premier League matches and produce only 16 goal contributions in his 36 outings.
After missing out on Didier Deschamps’ Les Blues squad for Euro 2020, it was hoped that the attacker would return to his club in top form once again this season, but he has struggled to make a positive impression on proceedings so far in 2021/22.
Martial has started just three games in the current campaign, finding the back of the net once after the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho pushed him further down the club’s pecking order.
Whether the ex-Monaco ace could be tempted to join Patrick Vieira’s revolution at Palace remains to be seen, but as the January window approaches, the excitement is continuing to build around his next move.