Anthony Martial: Sevilla reach agreement to sign Manchester United striker on loan for the rest of the season | Transfer Center News
Sevilla have reached an agreement to sign Anthony Martial on loan from Manchester United.
The 26-year-old will join the La Liga side – who will pay his full salary – until the end of the season.
Martial will fly from Paris, where he is currently, to Sevilla on Tuesday to undergo a medical.
The striker has always wanted to join Sevilla this month, despite interest from Juventus and Barcelona, as he believes that’s where he will play the most.
Sky Sports News announced in December exclusively that Martial wanted to leave United in search of more playing time.
Martial became the world’s most expensive teenager when he joined United from Monaco in 2015 and scored 79 times in 269 appearances for the club.
But he fell out of favor in the attacking positions following the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the summer, as well as the emergence of Mason Greenwood.
Martial has started just four games for United this season and was accused by Ralf Rangnick, the club’s caretaker manager, of asking not to play in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on January 15.
The France international refuted his manager’s claim, and Rangnick later insisted the situation was ‘resolved’.
After Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo, Sevilla are currently second in La Liga and just four points behind Real Madrid as they seek their first title since 1946.
Ronaldo’s arrival sounded the death knell for Martial
Last week, European football expert Tom Williams told the Transfer Talk podcast why Martial has been unable to secure a first-team spot at Old Trafford, and revealed which two team-mates he believes are retained the striker…
“There are a number of reasons why he hasn’t reached the heights United would have hoped for. There has been a lot of instability since joining the club. He has played under four different managers, not all of whom have been his biggest fans – you notoriously think of Jose Mourinho.
“He’s had injury problems. There’s a debate about his best position – is he best on the left or is he best in the middle?
“There is obviously competition for places at United. I think one of the things that is perhaps a bit overlooked is how unfortunate the emergence of Marcus Rashford has been for Martial, because those are players so similar. But you also have Mason Greenwood, you ‘ai [Edinson] Cavani and now Cristiano Ronaldo.
“But at the end of the day, you just don’t know how much he wants it. I always hate to judge players on their body language, but he’s an infuriating player to watch, especially given his ability. He is so inconsistent.
“When they came out of lockdown and finished the 2019/20 season, Martial was one of the absolute stars. But last season was a bit lost and now he’s irrelevant.
“He obviously needs to move. Ronaldo’s arrival probably spelled the end of his career at United as a first-choice centre-forward. You think, for both sides, the best thing to do is that ‘he’s moving on.”
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