Marcel Brands should make Anthony Martial his first Everton signing

According to reports in The Sun, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a big summer clear-out and is willing to sell attacker Anthony Martial if the club receive an offer of around £70m, and Everton should make an ambitious bid to bring him to Goodison Park.

What’s the word, then?

Anthony Martial in action with Dale Stephens

Well, after a trophy-less campaign The Sun says that Mourinho is ready to get rid of the deadwood, and Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian could be among the names to depart alongside Martial, who has fallen out of favour following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January.

The Sun says that the Portuguese boss will be handed any transfer fees received to spend on new players, and the club would be willing to accept £70m for the 22-year-old forward.

Meanwhile Everton, who are also targeting a move for £120,000-a-week Premier League attacker, could be set for another huge summer in the transfer market as they look to gatecrash the top six party in the top flight, with the left wing position perhaps seen as one of the priorities given Yannick Bolasie has struggled following his return from injury.

How has Martial done this season?

The France international was more of a regular starter in the opening months of the campaign, but he has found getting a spot in the XI particularly difficult since the addition of Sanchez during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old once again started on the substitutes’ bench in the FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, getting just 17 minutes on the pitch to try and make an impact.

Martial ended the season with 11 goals and nine assists in 45 appearances in all competitions, while his lack of game time and form ultimately cost him his place in his country’s squad for the World Cup.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He would be an amazing addition for them.

Despite his struggled for United this term, the 22-year-old has shown in the past the real quality that he has in terms of pace, skill and finishing, and there is no doubt that he could be the Merseyside outfit’s marquee player if he moved to Goodison Park.

He is an attacker that would excite the home fans, and be influential in their bid to muscle in on the top six clubs in the English top flight.

Marcel Brands was only confirmed as Everton’s director of football earlier this month, but he could make himself an instant Toffees hero by completing this huge £70m deal.