Ten Hag could finally ditch Martial in Man Utd swoop for “generational” £231k-p/w whiz

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It’s unclear if Anthony Martial will still be a member of Manchester United when the summer transfer window closes at the beginning of the next month.

What are the most recent Anthony Martial transfer developments?

The club intends to speak with the French forward to decide on his future at Old Trafford, according to a recent story in The Mirror.

According to the rumour, West Ham United and Italian powerhouse Inter, which last year advanced to the Champions League final, are both interested in acquiring the former AS Monaco sensation.

Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, may eventually decide to allow the 27-year-old forward, who has been with the team since 2015, to leave by securing a contract for another adaptable attacker to take his place in the lineup.

Who at Manchester United possibly take Anthony Martial’s place?

The France international might be replaced by Ansu Fati, a rumoured transfer target for the Dutch head coach, who is reputedly valued at €70 million (£60 million) by Spanish powerhouse Barcelona.

Martial, a 30-time member of his country’s national team, can play in a variety of front-line positions but has spent the majority of his career as either a striker or a left winger.

The Spain international, who has also played on the right, would be able to provide a comparable level of versatility given he has spent the majority of his brief career in those two positions.

Regarding the kind of work he is capable of producing at the top of the pitch, Fati might also be an improvement. In 12 LaLiga starts for Barcelona last season, the 20-year-old star scored seven goals and gave four assists, after four goals in three league starts in the 2021–2022 season.

Martial, on the other hand, scored one goal in two starts the season before and registered six goals and two assists in 11 Premier League appearances.

For non-penalty anticipated goals (xG) per 90 (0.56) over the past 365 days, Fati ranks in the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe’s top five divisions, indicating that he succeeds at consistently placing himself in excellent scoring positions.

With 0.45 non-penalty xG per 90, the United striker is in the top 12% of all players. Due to his propensity for being in the right position at the right time to create outstanding scoring opportunities, it is possible that the Spaniard might provide a stronger attacking danger.

The £231k per week genius would also have a longer career ahead of him than Martial because he is seven years younger.

This means that Fati still has a lot of time to refine his abilities and improve his game in order to become an even greater player, even though he is already capable of providing more this season than the present United dynamo given his form for Barcelona.

Ten Hag could therefore condone Martial’s departure this summer by signing the “generational” wizard from the Spanish team, as termed by his coach Xavi, knowing that he would have an excellent replacement at the club both immediately and down the road.

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