Following his improved preseason performance under Erik ten Hag, Anthony Martial has been linked with a move to Juventus as one of the Serie A club’s three shortlisted forwards.
If an agreement is not reached, the Serie A club will turn to Martial.
Despite his impressive preseason for Manchester United, Anthony Martial has become a transfer target for Juventus.
Prior to signing a loan deal with Sevilla, Martial had already caught Juventus’ attention during the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old striker has succeeded thus far under new manager Erik ten Hag, scoring three goals in four friendly matches to put a terrible season in which he was loaned to Sevilla behind him.
However, Martial is still drawing interest from abroad despite earlier rumors that he would depart the Red Devils this summer before Cristiano Ronaldo submitted a shocking transfer request.
The resurgent United star and Chelsea’s Timo Werner have reportedly been shortlisted by Juventus as they search the market for a replacement for their top target Alvaro Morata, according to Sky Sports.
After two unsuccessful seasons with the Blues, Werner might be unnecessary at Stamford Bridge.
Morata has spent the last two years on loan in Turin, and Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is anxious to bring the Spaniard back on a permanent basis.
After Juventus declined to exercise their £29.7 million option to acquire him in June, Morata recently made a trip back to his original club, Atletico Madrid.
The Bianconeri are warily considering a variety of backup possibilities, including the in-form Martial, although they are hoping to negotiate a lesser sum.
Under Ten Hag’s guidance, the former Monaco starlet has displayed encouraging signs, even displaying a willingness to press after years of sluggish performances leading the line at Old Trafford.
Earlier in the transfer window, it was claimed that the Red Devils would have been willing to rip up Martial’s contract in order to remove him from the payroll, but now, they want to hang onto the Frenchman.
Martial is the sole official No. 9 for United’s senior team now that Ronaldo wants to leave.
Ten Hag has been inspired by the French international’s exploits, though, and his admirers are expecting that Martial can finally demonstrate why the Red Devils paid £36 million for his services as a 19-year-old in 2015, under Louis van Gaal’s leadership.
The former Ajax manager remarked, “I’m sure he can come back even better,” while his squad was on a preseason tour of Australia.
“I believe that because he is a talented player, he will produce when he is motivated, focused, and works hard.
I believe that when he has the proper attention and consistently produces a lot, he will have production, and it is up to him.”
Paul Pogba, meanwhile, tore his meniscus during a training session just two weeks after rejoining Juventus.
He will be unable to participate in the remainder of Juventus’ preseason games due to injury, and he will probably miss their August 15 Serie A season opener against Sassuolo.