Juventus Eye wantaway Manchester United’s Striker

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Juventus are set to open talks with Manchester United over a deal for Anthony Martial, following the season-ending injury to Federico Chiesa.

Juventus player Federico Chiesa leaves the field after injury during the Roma v Juventus match ( Getty Images)

Antonio Martial’s time at Old Trafford seems to be up after he expressed his desire to leave after making just one start in the Premier League this season.

Martial has started just two Premier League games so far this season, and has played just 359 minutes in total across all competitions, scoring one solitary goal.

Anthony Martial  celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 08, 2020 (Getty Images)

Martial, being dubbed the ‘Next Henry’ joined United from Monaco in 2015 but has failed to impress in his 268 appearances for the club and has been limited to just 359 minutes in all competitions this season, scoring one goal in total.

He still has at least three years left on his contract at Old Trafford, having signed a new deal in 2019 that includes an option to extend for a further year.

But, The Frenchman is keen to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window having fallen down the pecking order in recent seasons under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and with the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, he didn’t expect his situation to change.

His agent told Sky Sports: “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January.

“He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

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Sevilla have tried to hand him an escape route, but their loan bid was rejected by Man United which still leaves him in Old Trafford.

However, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have reportedly held talks to take him to Serie A on loan until the end of the season after it was confirmed that Juventus winger Chiesa is ruled out for the rest of the season due to an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, according to 90min.

Speaking at the end of December, Rangnick addressed the rumours, he said: 

We spoke at length,” said Rangnick. “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.

“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.”

With Max Allegri’s need for another attacker compounded by Chiesa’s injury, Martial is believed to be an ‘ideal option’ given his availability and could be set for Turin’s move which is decribed as “perfect move” by his supporters.