Manchester United are still keen to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer and have been given tips on using French striker Anthony Martial in an attempt to get him.
United made Haaland their main striker a few months ago but later rejected their priorities, instead signing Jadon Sancho and seeking offers for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.
THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER. @ManUtd? pic.twitter.com/k4rEbNYmdg
– Jadon Sancho (@ Sanchooo10) July 24, 2021
The money to sign Haaland, which is likely to cost £ 150 million, is obviously no longer there, but according to Mundo Deportivo, there is still little hope of signing Norwegian and United are exploring ways to make a deal profitable.
In an attempt to push down Haaland’s price tag, United are said to be open to the idea of sending Martial over to Dortmund in exchange.
Whether Dortmund really would like that is not clear, but it is difficult to see that the German side will take up United with that proposal. They have already rejected the idea of taking some players from Chelsea as part of a bid for Haaland and Martial is probably not enough to convince them to change.
The chances of United signing a new striker with big names are slim to none this summer, but that still does not mean that Martial’s future at the club is certain.
United were expected to listen to offers from Martial last month, and since the arrival of Jadon Sancho, that idea has only increased in strength and United are open to downloading the 25-year-old, who scored seven goals in 36 games last season.
This report mentions Barcelona as potential suitors for Martial. Blaugrana has been looking at him for a while now, but this summer is not exactly the best time for them to make their move. If you have not lived under a rock in recent months, you have heard that Barcelona is in a bit of an economic predicament these days.
Martial can still be sold / Marc Atkins / Getty Images
Recent reports have linked Tottenham with a move for Martial, so expect rumors to re-emerge that he could be used in a swap deal with Harry Kane.
Martial’s future may depend on how much United value him. His stock has never been lower than it is right now, but with three years left on his contract (and an option for a fourth), United will not let him go cheap.