Newcastle United have reportedly decided to pull out of the chase for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial with several factors fueling their decision.
According to Football Insider, Newcastle United have ceded their pursuit of Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, who remains keen to leave Old Trafford in January. Several key factors seem to have fueled the decision from the Magpies, as Eddie Howe focuses his efforts on signing defensive and midfield stars in the next window.
Anthony Martial has endured a frustrating period at Old Trafford, with a lack of regular playing time affecting his confidence. The forward is keen to keep playing every week as he eyes a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup next year.
With only ten appearances this season, the forward is keen to leave Manchester United in the January window. Many clubs have shown an interest in the French forward, with Juventus one of the sides keen on the striker.
Recent reports suggested Martial might be interested in signing for Sevilla, although it remains to be seen if the Spanish side could afford the forward. Moreover, his wages and a potentially high transfer fee could become problematic for most clubs.
One team who can afford to pay for the forward were Newcastle, but they have reportedly cooled their interest in the Frenchman. Since their takeover, the Magpies have cultivated a perception of a cash-rich club, although the reason for ceding interest in Martial is more financial than anything.
Reports suggest Eddie Howe is not keen to adhere to Manchester United’s demand for a £6 million loan fee. Although his priority remains signing defenders and a midfielder, the Newcastle manager wants to bring in a new forward.
But, Martial’s form over the past 18-months has raised concerns, as injuries and lack of sharpness have largely affected his game. In light of these issues, as well as Manchester United’s huge demand of a £6 million loan fee, Newcastle are set to look away from the Frenchman and onto more viable targets. As for Martial, other big clubs could offer him a way out of Manchester United in January.