“For sure he’s not staying”: Fabrizio Romano confirms 9-year United star will leave this summer


According to football transfer analyst Fabrizio Romano, Anthony Martial will undoubtedly depart Manchester United at the end of the current campaign.

It will be an unlucky conclusion to a United career that held so much promise early on—in fact, since his stunning strike against bitter rivals Liverpool in 2015, which also earned him the team’s goal of the season title, marked his debut.

Although Martial has shown moments of brilliance since his early days, the enormous potential he displayed when Louis van Gaal recruited him from Monaco was never fully realised due to a string of unlucky injuries and inconsistent play.

His high £250,000 per week pay packet and injury history make it difficult for United to sell the Frenchman so, as many expected, it is now absolutely decided that his one-year contract extension will not be triggered.

Romano says in his Daily Briefing:

“Martial is going to leave – he had some opportunities in Turkey and France in the January transfer window, let’s see what will happen in the next months but for sure he’s not staying at Man United.”

The guru further states that:

“It’s also crucial to say that United will sign a new striker because Martial is leaving and so they want more competition there in the number 9 position.”

Despite knowing for a long time that the fit was never right, Martial has managed to stay with the team for an amazing nine years.

Joel Glazer, the team’s owner, is said to have had a special affection for the player, whom he called “United’s Pelé.”

Because of his mistrust of Martial, the disgraced owner allegedly prevented his sale twice.

But as per the conditions of the deal with partial investors INEOS, Glazer is no longer involved in football decisions, therefore it makes sense that his favourite player will eventually leave in the first window following his handshake.

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