Ralf Rangnick previews Newcastle United clash
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Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial is looking for a new club after informing interim head coach Ralf Rangnick of his desire to leave Old Trafford. Martial burst onto the scene as a teenager but the now-26-year-old has been out of favour under successive managers.
Rangnick revealed that the France international made clear his desire to leave but the German has claimed that there is currently no interest from other clubs.
“We spoke at length. He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else,” he said.
“I think in a way this is understandable, I could follow his thoughts, but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club. We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and we want to be as successful as we can be.
“I told him, ‘listen, as long as there is no club showing interest in him [he will stay]’, and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club. As far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and, as long as this is the case, he will stay.”
Express Sport looks at some of the likeliest destinations for Martial.
Tuttomercato have claimed that LaLiga outfit Sevilla lead the race to sign the former Monaco striker.
The Italian outlet report that the player has reached an agreement to join the club next month.
However, it is not clear if Sevilla, who have enjoyed an excellent campaign so far, will sign him permanently or on a loan deal.
They are second in the Spanish top-flight, although are eight points off leaders Real Madrid.
Juventus are another club who are interested in Martial, according to the same report.
The Serie A side lost Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and have struggled for goals in the absence of Martial’s Man Utd team-mate.
They have scored just 27 times and are fifth in the Italian top-flight.
They already trail leaders Inter Milan by a huge 12 points, but may be able to claw their way back into it by signing a striker of the ilk of Martial in January.
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Struggling Newcastle might be the most interesting team to follow in January.
The Saudi-backed £305m October takeover of the Magpies means that they are in the unique scenario of being able to spend vast sums of money to get themselves out of danger.
It just depends on the calibre of player they can attract. Some might want to steer clear of a club that could be playing Championship football next term.
A front three of Martial, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin would be exciting to watch. However, Eddie Howe might rather prioritise defensive reinforcements.
The Gunners have scored 19 goals in their last five matches across all competitions.
However, Mikel Arteta might find himself with an attacking problem come the summer.
The Spaniard has excluded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the first team and the striker appears likely to leave.
Additionally, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract in June 2022 and are yet to sign new deals.
That could leave a place for Martial to take on the focal point in the Arsenal attack should he join.
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