Manchester United star Anthony Martial has emerged as a transfer target for Juventus as they plot a move for a new striker.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Juventus are in the market for a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window. The Serie A giants are primarily eyeing a move for Fiorentina starlet Dusan Vlahovic, but they have identified several potential alternatives, should the deal collapse.
One of such options is Anthony Martial. The struggling Manchester United forward joins a long list of alternatives, including Darwin Nunez, Alexandre Lacazette, Lorenzo Lucca and Mauro Icardi, who is also being courted by reigning European champions, Chelsea.
Juventus believe that their quest to sign top-target Vlahovic might lead to a dead end. The highly-rated Fiorentina forward is a subject of interest for multiple top clubs across Europe, including north London giants Arsenal and Tottenham. Juve themselves are unsure whether they are financially capable of pulling off a deal, while there is a growing feeling that the player might reject a move to Turin.
The Bianconeri are thus considering a more realistic alternative in the form of Martial. The Manchester United forward has endured a difficult spell under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has notably started only two Premier League games this season.
Even though Solskjaer’s position as a United boss is seemingly in jeopardy, the Red Devils are likely to part ways with the Frenchman one way or another. The player was even linked with a move to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace at the end of last month, with fans and board unhappy with his lack of contribution to the team.
Juventus, though, are aware of Martial’s talents and the prospects he brings to the table. With over 260 competitive outings for Manchester United and several major trophies to boot, the attacker’s experience could appeal to head coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The Italian tactician does tend to lean towards experienced players. Martial will be hoping to use that to his advantage in his quest to revive his dissipating career. Manchester United, meanwhile, could use the Frenchman’s sale as a potential financial boost, especially after a chaotic summer transfer window.