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5 possible destinations for Anthony Martial as he decides to leave Manchester United

Anthony Martial will be leaving Manchester United this January
Anthony Martial will be leaving Manchester United this January
Priyank Mithani
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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial's agent Phillipe Lamboley has come forward and expressed the Frenchman's desire to leave the club in January. He was found to have made the following comments:

"Anthony wishes to leave the club in January. He just needs to play. He doesn't want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon."

Injuries and poor form have seen Anthony Martial start only twice this season for Manchester United. This has been the case for the French attacker more often than not with the Red Devils.

Manchester United saw Anthony Martial as an asset

Anthony Martial was signed by Manchester United in the summer of 2015 under the management of then manager Louis van Gaal. His solid performances with AS Monaco in Ligue 1 helped him earn this big move in his career.

Things haven't quite worked out for the Frenchman since then, barring the 2019-20 season. Anthony Martial leaving Manchester United might turn out to be the best thing for both the player and the club.

On that note, let's take a look at some of the potential suitors for the 26-year old:


#5 Arsenal

Arsenal FC v Manchester United - Premier League
Arsenal FC v Manchester United - Premier League

Anthony Martial has always admired Arsenal as a club since his favorite player Thierry Henry played for them. The Gunners were linked with signing the Frenchman in the summer transfer window but nothing materialized.

At the moment, Arsenal are really missing the presence of an efficient striker in front of goal. With both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling to lead the frontline, the north London club badly need a regular goal-scorer in their squad.

Anthony Martial and Arsenal. I was told today that the club are interested in doing a loan deal for the Frenchman. https://t.co/VIGcenNlJB

Not that Anthony Martial can guarantee to solve Arsenal's problems but he's probably one of the most viable options. Since there aren't many quality forwards available in the winter transfer window, the French attacker might seem like a good option for the Gunners.


#4 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur have seen a lot of ups and downs already this season with Nuno Espirito Santo getting signed and sacked as their manager. On the pitch, Spurs have lacked consistency but have somehow managed to keep their place in the top six so far.

With the arrival of Antonio Conte, Tottenham will be looking to bring more to their game. That would be a little difficult to happen given that their star striker Harry Kane hasn't been in form this season. He has scored only once since his move to Manchester City failed in the summer transfer window.

Spurs are interested in Anthony Martial and are willing to pay up to €35m. #mufc want at least €40m. [Fichajes]

The Englishman remains a world-class striker and might be moving away from Spurs after the 2021-22 season. Eyeing the inevitable future, Tottenham might opt for Anthony Martial's services. Spurs have been interested in the player before and there is no reason why they shouldn't be considered as one of his suitors.

#3 Juventus

Manchester United v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Group H
Manchester United v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Group H

Manchester United's Anthony Martial is one of the most skilled players on the pitch when on song. Unfortunately, the Frenchman has lacked the consistency to his game and has been guilty of being lethargic time and again.

This is not something that cannot be changed or turned around, which is why it will encourage top clubs to go after Anthony Martial's signature. Juventus have struggled in Serie A this season, with just 27 points in 16 games. They have missed the presence and goals that Cristiano Ronaldo brought to their game.

The Old Lady need to bolster their attack and understandably, Manchester United's Anthony Martial could be one of their targets. The Frenchman can definitely do well with the Italian giants given the immense talent he possesses.


#2 Barcelona

Manchester United v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
Manchester United v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

The situation at Barcelona is only getting worse with time. With their recent elimination from the UEFA Champions League, manager Xavi's troubles are not lessening any sooner.

The Catalan club are finding it difficult to cope with the departure of Lionel Messi last summer. Barcelona need more attacking options in their team as the current ones aren't deemed to be good enough. With Sergio Aguero's health not supporting his playing cause, the Spanish giants definitely need to bring a forward.

🗞 Barcelona have been monitoring Anthony Martial’s situation at #mufc with interest. [@hirstclass, @polballus]

It is also reported that if Barcelona's pursuit of Ferran Torres fails, they might opt to go for Anthony Martial. Manchester United will be keen to hear what the Spanish club offer as they themselves try to sign midfielder Frenkie de Jong. It could be an interesting month for both teams.


#1 Newcastle United

Anthony Martial can definitely get regular game-time at Newcastle United
Anthony Martial can definitely get regular game-time at Newcastle United

The January window seems to have just been made for Newcastle United to explore their options. Since the Saudi Arabian owners took over the club in October this year, the Magpies have undergone quite a few changes.

With the appointment of new manager Eddie Howe, Newcastle United are expected to bring in a number of players to revamp their squad. A handful of Premier League players have been linked and it does involve some of Manchester United's players. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have both been strongly linked with a move to Tyneside.

🗞 Newcastle United’s recruitment team have made contact over the possibility of signing #mufc’s Anthony Martial in January. Newcastle have made formal contact with United, as well as the player’s representative. [@StrettyNews]

Manchester United might be hesitant in selling Martial to a Premier League club but at the same time, Newcastle have the financial strength to convince them. Only time can tell as to where Anthony Martial's future lies, but at the moment, it surely doesn't look like at Manchester United.

Edited by Nived Zenith
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