As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United are plotting a summer transfer switch that will see Anthony Martial moving to Chelsea and Willian coming north to Old Trafford.
The paper reckon that United want £40m in cash plus the Brazilian in order to sanction a Martial move to Stamford Bridge.
It’s one of the more outlandish transfer rumours in recent weeks but it’s certainly one that has got people talking, with Manchester United fans not exactly happy with the prospect of it happening.
Many actually rate Willian, who has scored 11 times and assisted another eight so far this term.
However, they hate the idea of losing Anthony Martial in exchange, believing the young Frenchman is destined to fulfil his potential as one of the best attackers around.
Martial is struggling to get a regular start under Mourinho but has still contributed this season, scoring 11 and assisting seven. At 22 years of age, he has greater long-term potential than 29-year-old Willian.
Is this a transfer that makes sense for Man United?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Exchanging Anthony martial for willian would be a mistake Manchester United will regret. #mufc
— Ayo Olushola doet (@Oludoet) May 6, 2018
#mufc willian for martial??? I love willian but Can t we just buy him??? If we're swapping martial for any Chelsea player should be for hazard plus cash
— Ryan Brennan (@ryan_rb88) May 6, 2018
In the SHORT term Willian & Money for Martial is good for ‘Jose Mourinho’ and #MUFC
But ‘Long term’ you just know he’ll haunt us!
— LordScottLindquist (@LindquistLord) May 6, 2018
If we want to challenge for silverware next year we must keep this man. Willian is 29, we’ll literally get 2/3 good seasons out of him if we swap him for Martial, then we’ll be saying we should of kept him as he’s completely tearing it up for whatever team he’s at. #mufc pic.twitter.com/Na2Qm02O0p
— Jamie (@Jamie_H99) May 6, 2018
Signing Willian and losing Martial to Chelsea looks like an insane deal to me. UTD have got to build by signing the very best young players, not going over the hill, soon to be has-beens. #mufc
— James Ryddel (@kick_in_grass) May 6, 2018
#mufc linked with Willian again, this time in a swap deal for Martial. Mourhino destroying they club buying at the end of their careers on big money and selling off the youth. Dull football, poor transfer policy, never to blame himself and worst of all loves fellaini #joseout
— Ravi Patel (@patelr3) May 6, 2018
I hope rumours of Mourinho wanting Willian for Martial are just that. Rumours. Martial is 22 with lots of promise; Willian is good but at his peak being 29. Up to this point I’ve been happy with Mourinho but losing Rashford and Martial would be criminal! #MUFC #MartialFC
— Nathan (@NathanJones_WH) May 6, 2018
Willian being continuously benched makes me a bit worried. If it's just him switching to United i'll be more than happy. But if it's anything that leads to a possible Martial swap deal, then that would be worrying and totally dumb. #mufc
— ᴮᴼᴮᴮᵞ (@bobbythomastvm1) May 6, 2018