Manchester United will refuse to sell Anthony Martial because of one agreement – report | Football | Sport
Martial joined Manchester United from French side Monaco in 2015 in a deal that could be worth up to £57m after add-ons.
But he has struggled under Jose Mourinho, who was ready to sell him this summer with interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Juventus.
But, according to the Sun, United will NOT sell Martial due to an agreement with Monaco which would see them owed 50% of any profit made on the forward.
Martial’s contract is up in 2019 but United have the option to trigger a one-year extension and are expected to use it despite his unhappiness.
They have already opened talks with Martial over a new longer deal, but discussions are stalling.
In the summer Martial’s agent revealed he was planning to leave but United refused to let him go.
He was then fined for not returning to the pre-season training camp in the USA after the birth of his child.
Mourinho has used him for just 60 minutes so far this season, in the 3-2 defeat to Brighton and he is unlikely to play today against Watford.
His lack of minutes last season cost him a place in the France squad at the World Cup in Russia and he continues to grow frustrated with his treatment and situation at Old Trafford.
But Ed Woodward believes he can part of the club’s future and is worried about letting him leave to a rival and seeing him flourish elsewhere.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a loan move in January to build up his playing time with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard ahead of him in Mourinho’s eyes.
But United are unlikely to sign a move away off at all out of a fear of looking foolish should he fulfil his potential at another club.
Mourinho has been burnt by selling players to early before with Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah the most high profile cases, and United are keen to not repeat his mistakes.