PSG have reportedly rejected the chance to sign Manchester United outcast Anthony Martial in a summer deal worth €80 million
According to Get French Football News, Anthony Martial could be set to stay at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window. PSG, believed to be the front-runners in his pursuit, have passed on the chance to sign the Frenchman due to his €80 million price tag.
Martial has endured two frustrating seasons at Manchester United since the arrival of Jose Mourinho. But, his omission from the French National Squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup seems to have burned all bridges with the manager, with the player’s agent adamant that he wants to quit the club.
Mourinho too, seems to be finally open to selling Martial after the player reportedly failed to inform the Manchester United boss on time about leaving for the birth of his child last week. There’s only one condition for his sale – the buyer must not be a direct rival.
So, while the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham are believed to be eager to sign him, their pursuit of Martial is as good as over. In their stead, PSG were believed to have become the front-runners to sign the 22-year-old from Manchester United.
Les Parisiens already have a formidable first-choice attacking unit that includes Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. But, the Uruguayan striker is being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, which would surely be keeping PSG on their toes.
Martial is thus, a viable target for the French champions, with the striker equally adept at playing as a striker as he is on the left flank. But, PSG seem to have ceded their interest in the French international after being priced out of a deal by Manchester United.
The Premier League heavyweights are demanding €80 million in exchange of the player. With Mbappe signed on a permanent deal worth around €180 million, PSG need to balance their books before paying more money for transfers to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions, making a deal for Martial tough to secure.
With no concrete interest from any other foreign club in the player, it is now looking increasingly likely that Martial will stay at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window, unless he forces through a move to one of their direct rivals.