Anthony Martial could have an impact on Man Utd’s managerial chase for Sevilla transfer clause


Anthony Martial, Manchester United forward is close to signing a loan deal with LaLiga title chasers Sevilla. He will be linking up with Julen Lopetegui, manager – although he could move in the opposite direction.

Video Loading

Video unavailable

Premier League title race – Man City maintains healthy lead at top

Anthony Martial is close to a reprieve from his Manchester United nightmare. A loan move to Sevilla is expected to be completed in the near future.

After falling out of favor at Premier League giants, the Frenchman made it clear that he wanted to secure an Old Trafford exit.

Martial started only four games this season, and his appearance against West Ham on the bench was his first since Ralf Rangnick’s appointment.

A heated argument erupted between the manager and the player, with the latter accusing the striker that he didn’t consider himself available for selection before the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

HEAR YOUR SAY Is Man Utd making a wrong decision allowing Martial’s departure? We’d love to hear from you in the comments

He strongly denied the assertion and was again in the matchday squads against Brentford, West Ham and West Ham.

Rangnick turned to the ex-Monaco man to help him find a late winner, even though he was an unutilized sub in their win over the Bees.

And Martial did just that, playing a key role in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s injury-time winner.

After Sevilla accepted the fact that they would need to cover the entire cost of his wages, this looks like his last United shirt appearance in the campaign.

Rangnick spoke out in defiant terms before the switch and suggested that it would only occur if it worked well for them.

And Sevilla’s willingness to complete a deal could yet directly influence the future of his parent club with Julen Lopetegui one of the names on the shortlist to be named head coach.

According to the Athletic The Sevilla manager is one among four candidates, competing against Luis Enrique, Erik ten Hag, and Mauricio Potettino for this top job.

Cristiano Ronaldo ’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly already told United bosses that Lopetegui – who has Sevilla firmly in the La Liga title hint – should be hired as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long term successor.

Sevilla is now just four points behind league leaders Real Madrid. This comes less than two years after Real Madrid guided the Spaniards again to another Europa League crown.

His reputation was damaged by unsuccessful spells with Real Madrid Madrid and the Spanish national soccer team. But his time at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has restored that reputation.

But for all of their successes so far this season, the one area they have struggled with is goalscoring and Martial’s introduction could put paid to that pretty quickly.

They have scored just 34 goals despite being second in the table. This is considerably less than Madrid, Real Betis and rivals Real Betis.

A successful six-month stint in Andalusia could there not only ensure Sevilla remain in the title race, but inadvertently increase Lopetegui’s chances of getting the job at Old Trafford.

United will prioritise managers with experience in managing large clubs across Europe and achieving success with them.

And with no option-to-buy inserted into the loan, Martial’s half-season under Lopetegui could quickly transform into something more substantial, either in Spain – or back in England.