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MAKING MOVES FOR MARTIAL

Chelsea and Bayern Munich plot move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial

The 22-year-old has one year left on his contract at United and may well listen to offers of more game time

Anthony Martial’s absence from the World Cup hasn’t hindered his appeal, as Chelsea and Bayern Munich are reportedly eyeing up the Frenchman.

But Jose Mourinho may be less inclined to sell the forward, despite not affording him much game time in the second half of last season.

The 22-year-old has one year left on his contract at United and has been growing increasingly frustrated at being sidelined- particularly since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.


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Martial was hailed the best player for his age when he joined United under Van Gaal

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Martial was hailed the best player for his age when he joined United under Van Gaal

Prior to the Chilean’s arrival, Martial and young English star Marcus Rashford shared the position on the left.

And the lack of game time may have been a contributing factor in his exclusion from the World Cup winning French squad.

With rumours of Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, Chelsea are keeping their eyes peeled for a replacement and according to the Times, are looking at Martial.

Mourinho may not want to let his forward go to rivals Chelsea and may well afford him more game time in a bid to keep him

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Mourinho may not want to let his forward go to rivals Chelsea

They’re not the only club offering more game-time to the Frenchman, Bayern Munich are also sizing him up.

But Mourinho may not be happy at Chelsea, or Bayern, sniffing around his player, as he believes Martial can be a star.

Midfielder Ander Herrera is another person backing the Frenchman, the Spaniard, 28, said. “Anthony looks very sharp and he is very, very focused to smash it this season.

“Players like Anthony, like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez — they are all amazing players who can change games.”

Since Sanchez's arrival in January, Martial has found himself sidelined more regularly

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Since Sanchez’s arrival in January, Martial has found himself sidelined more regularly

Louis Van Gaal brought Martial to United from Monaco in 2015 and hailed him the world’s best player for his age.

He still has a hefty price tag, which could put Chelsea, or Bayern Munich off.

The 22-year-old has just one year left on his contract with United

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The 22-year-old has just one year left on his contract with United

United’s current boss seems to be uncharacteristically patient and will be looking to get the forward back to his best.

He is giving him another chance to shine in their pre-season fixtures.


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