Manchester United are in the market for a new striker, but their entry into the January market will crucially depend on the fate of Anthony Martial, one of the club’s main earners. According to reports from Football Insider, Martial’s contract expires at the end of the season and his role in Erik ten Hag’s project is unclear, despite his outstanding performance in the 3-0 win over Everton on Sunday and just a few minutes in the Everton Galatasaray clash.
Although United would be willing to let the French striker leave in January, that decision will only materialize if they manage to sign another star in his position and receive a suitable offer. The winter transfer window represents the last chance for Manchester United to capitalize on Martial and rid themselves of his wages of around £250,000 a week.
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Although the club could extend Martial’s contract for another 12 months, getting rid of him in January seems to be the most realistic option. However, this move would require a replacement and finding a top striker during the winter transfer window presents a challenge as few clubs would be willing to lose their goalscorer in the middle of the season.
Coach Erik ten Hag faces the difficult decision of whether to keep Martial until the summer or secure an immediate replacement who can strengthen Manchester United in the second half of the season. The situation of Martial, whose future remains uncertain, adds some uncertainty to Manchester United’s transfer prospects in the winter market as they look to strengthen their attacking options for next Premier League season.