Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Manchester United eyeing Martial-Rakitic swap with Barcelona

Rumoured Arsenal target Anthony Martial 'happy at Manchester United' Anthony Martial 'very content' at Manchester United amid Arsenal transfer speculation
Lucia Summers | 13 October, 2017, 12:01

According to reports in the English media, Manchester United will request Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to be included in any bid from the Catalans for Anthony Martial.

Wenger wants his countryman has a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who's out of contract at the end of the season and very unlikely to re-sign.

The 21-year-old endured a hard debut campaign under Jose Mourinho, starting less than half of Man United's Premier League games, prompting murmurs over the summer of a potential move to Arsenal as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

Martial has enjoyed a mixed time of things since joining United from Monaco in 2015 as he excelled during his debut campaign when he scored 17 goals under former boss Louis van Gaal.

The MEN report that the France star and United Player of the Month for September is happy with his lot after a mixed second season in the Premier League, and his first with Jose Mourinho.

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Martial has bagged five goals and six assists in just nine appearances across all competitions - a direct contribution to a goal every 34 minutes.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes so and recently paid Martial a major compliment, per James Benge of the London Evening Standard: "Anthony Martial is a far better player than I was at that age".

The 21-year-old has been dropping eye catching performances when he has gotten the chance but it seems it has not been enough to impress Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has been full of praise for Martial this season and could start him against Liverpool on Saturday.

"I see a great improvement in the person [Martial], in the mood, in the face, in the body language". He starts matches, he tries to do well.

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