Manchester United could be set to offload struggling striker Anthony Martial over the January transfer window after Newcastle United reportedly made contact with the club over his services.
The Magpies joined the financial elite of football after being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, and the new owners have already started devising transfer market strategies.
According to Stretty News, Martial is one of the players identified as a priority target by the Newcastle hierarchy in what is set to be an exciting if controversial era for the club.
The report stated: “Stretty News understands that Newcastle United’s recruitment team have already made contact over the possibility of signing Manchester United’s Anthony Martial in January.”
They added: “A club source, who has been involved in initial talks, has revealed to us that Newcastle United have made formal contact with the Red Devils, as well as the player’s representative.”
Martial has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford exit in recent months after struggling for form throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
The France international’s woes have continued into the current season, leading to speculation over an imminent exit, although he did bag his first goal since 2 February in the 1-1 draw with Everton last time out.
The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in the previous transfer window also forced the 25-year-old down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order, and with the 20-time English champions set to target Erling Haaland next summer, January could be the optimum time to offload their underwhelming attacking talent.
Therefore, United fans should be delighted with Newcastle’s apparent interest in Martial. The newfound wealth of the St James’ Park outfit means that the Old Trafford club can demand a premium price for the £31.5m-rated forward, recouping a large chunk of their original £36m outlay on him.
It remains to be seen whether the Magpies make a concrete offer for Martial, but there’s surely a large section of the Red Devils’ fanbase who would be happy to see him depart.