In-demand Anthony Martial must leave Manchester United in order to salvage his career

Tom Biggs 24/07/2018
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With the World Cup finished, the summer transfer window is now starting to heat up, as managers look to bring in additions to their squads ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Plenty of big names have been linked with switches, and with that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at some of Europe’s most in-demand stars.

Our next player analysis is Manchester United’s Anthony Martial

Linked to: Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur

Price tag: £50 million

Few would have thought just three seasons on from becoming the most expensive teenager of all time, Anthony Martial would be on his way out of Manchester United.

Even fewer would have expected it after an impressive debut season, which saw the former Monaco man net 17 goals in all competitions.

Anthony Martial was excellent throughout his debut season for Manchester United

Anthony Martial was excellent throughout his debut season for Manchester United.

But since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, the goals – and the opportunities – have dried up for Martial, and he was left bitterly disappointed this summer as he missed out on France’s World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old is now desperate for a move away from Old Trafford, and if reports are to be believed, Mourinho is ready to let him go – if the club can find a suitor willing to pay £50 million for the Frenchman’s services.

In the Premier League, Chelsea and Spurs are both rumoured to be interested. Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 system would suit Martial, and the Blues may up their efforts to sign him should both Eden Hazard and Willian depart.

Anthony Martial has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho

Anthony Martial has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

Across London, Mauricio Pochettino knows he needs support for Harry Kane in attack, and with Martial also able to operate in a position just off Spurs’ main man, he could be the answer to their lack of attacking depth.

But Mourinho will be far more interested in shipping out Martial to a club outside the Premier League.

German duo Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have both been linked with Martial, and while the Frenchman would likely be happy to join either club, United’s asking price may prove the stumbling block.

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Miralem Pjanic can be had for a steep cost.

Juventus are willing to let midfielder Miralem Pjanic leave the club amid interest from Manchester City, according to CalcioMercato.com.

The Turin giants are looking to free-up their wage bill following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s mega-money arrival, as well as trim their star-studded squad in general ahead of the start of their Serie A defence.

And Pjanic could be one such man who is headed to the exit, with speculation suggesting City are in talks with the player’s agent, Fali Ramidani.

Juve have apparently set a €100 million (Dh429m) price tag for the Bosnian ace.

Quite where the versatile 28-year-old fits into Pep Guardiola’s midfield is anyone’s guess, given the wealth of resources the Spaniard has at his disposal in the engine room.

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Chelsea's Willian to become Barcelona's next Brazil star or could Man United get their man?

Tom Biggs 24/07/2018
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With the World Cup finished, the summer transfer window is now starting to heat up, as managers look to bring in additions to their squads ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Plenty of big names have been linked with switches, and with that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at some of Europe’s most in-demand stars.

First up, Chelsea forward Willian

Linked to: Barcelona and Manchester United

Price tag: £70 million

Could Barcelona be about to raid the Premier League for another Brazilian, or will Jose Mourinho be able to convince another former player of his to join him at Old Trafford?

Willian’s move to Chelsea five years ago was full of twists and turns, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly close to signing the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, and it’s likely that the chase between Barcelona and Manchester United this summer will be just as intriguing.

Chelsea are understood to have turned down a number of offers from Barcelona already this summer, with the suggestion that the Stamford Bridge outfit are holding out for £70 million for the two-time Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year.

With Eden Hazard also seemingly on the way out, Chelsea risk losing their two most influential attacking outlets. Willian has been a key fixture for the Blues since his move five years ago, racking up 236 appearances, netting 44 goals in that time.

The Brazilian’s change of pace, eye for a pass and excellent set-piece delivery have made him one of the Premier League’s most exciting players to watch in recent seasons.

A move to Barcelona could see Willian line up alongside Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho

A move to Barcelona could see Willian line up alongside Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho

Wilian would suit Barcelona’s style of play, with an already impressive understanding with Philippe Coutinho shown at the World Cup, and Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez completing a fearsome quartet.

At Old Trafford, with the pace and directness of Alexis Sanchez on one wing and Willian on the other, Mourinho would have exactly what he’s looking for from an attacking sense in wide areas.

Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Willian, having worked with him at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Willian, having worked with him at Chelsea

The former Chelsea boss knows all about the 29-year-old’s excellent work rate – perhaps another reason he’s so keen to see him make the same move Nemanja Matic did a year ago.

Antoine Griezmann aside, Barcelona always seem to get their man eventually, but will they balk at the idea of paying £70 million for a player who turns 30 next month?

That could pave the way for United to step in, and with Chelsea interested in Anthony Martial, another huge Premier League swap deal could be in the offing.

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