Juventus ‘have an advantage’ in the race to sign Man Utd star Anthony Martial as they are willing to contribute to his salary, according to reports.
Martial has barely played for United this season and he is keen to leave before the January transfer window closes.
The striker returned to the fold on Saturday as he faced West Ham. Man Utd scored a late winner and Martial was involved in the goal.
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Ralf Rangnick was delighted that Martial played a ‘vital role’ in the moment of victory:
“Since our last conversation a week and a half ago, I told him it was all about being professional until the very last day, no matter how long he is left or when he leaves,” Rangnick said. .
“It was good to have this conversation with him. In the last two games he was part of the team and today he played a vital role in the goal we scored.
“He’s a top player, one of the best strikers in the Premier League but we have other players in his place and it’s his wish to leave but, as I told him, you always need games. different ways to find an agreement and the way he trained and played when he arrived today showed the professionalism that I expect from everyone.
“I’m happy that he played today, that he came and played a vital role in the goal.”
Tuttomercatoweb (quoted by sports witness) report that it is Juventus who ‘have the edge’ in the battle to sign Martial.
They are moving forward “decisively” in their attempts to secure a loan deal. The report adds that their advantage comes from the fact that they are ready to contribute to the player’s salary.
Sevilla are also interested in the Frenchman. But unlike Juventus, they have ‘no intention’ of paying part of Martial’s salary.
Speaking last month, Simon Jordan encouraged Rangnick to get rid of Martial:
“Prepare the taxi and put Martial in it as quickly as possible and you have an opportunity. Because I think Martial is one of those players who gets you fired.
“I think he is the archetypal Manchester United player of the last half-decade. On paper he looks like a great player, he has all the skills. But when it comes, he has a heart the size of a pea.
“He wants to go, so good riddance if I’m United.”