Anthony Martial poses with friends
The French forward has seen his relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho fall to a new low after the pair clashed over the attacker’s decision to leave the club’s U.S. pre-season tour to be at the birth of his child.
While Mourinho has deemed Martial surplus to requirements, the Old Trafford hierarchy are keen to hold onto the 22-year-old, wary that he could embarrass the club by realising his potential at a rival club.
Mourinho also admires Chelsea attacker Willian but he clarified his future on Monday insisting his head is focused on Chelsea and the season ahead.
The key issue for both the player and the club is that the time is against them to make such a big-money deal happen before Thursday’s Premier League deadline and there is a strong possibility the pair could be forced to work together – at least until January.
Three years ago he became the world’s most expensive teenager when he swapped Monaco for Manchester but having initially excelled under Louis van Gaal, the young Frenchman has struggled to gain the trust of Mourinho.