Anthony Martial set to be used in swap deal?

Anthony Martial set to be used in swap deal?

Manchester United could be set to offer Anthony Martial in a swap deal to either Chelsea or Spurs.

The Frenchman is known to want out of Old Trafford this summer after struggling for regular game time under Jose Mourinho last season, and was recently the centre of controversy after not returning to the club’s pre-season tour after the birth of his second child.

There is all sorts of confusion flying around at the moment regarding his future, with Mourinho stating that the forward will start in the opening game of the season against Leicester City, but with the player’s agent admitting he wants out.

However, the latest developments made by Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth are that Martial is set to leave United, but the club are reluctant to sell to a rival.

But Mourinho’s interest in Toby Alderweireld and Willian at Spurs and Chelsea respectively could mean that the 22-year-old may be used in a swap deal

“I think you can safely say all is not well between Anthony Martial and Jose Mourinho,” Sheth said on the Sky Sports transfer talk podcast.

“We’re told he wants to leave, now United may be prepared to let him go but not to a Premier League rival.

“Mourinho has said that Martial would start the season against Leicester which would mean he could only be transferred to a foreign club because the game against Leicester is obviously on August 10.

“The transfer window in this country finishes on August 9.

“If in the small chance they were to deal with a Premier League club, then I wonder whether they would consider a swap deal perhaps.

“He’s had a history of it at United hasn’t he. Back in January Sanchez for Mkhitaryan. Adam, you mention Willian there, is there potential for a swap with Chelsea there, or is there a chance of a swap with Tottenham for Alderweireld.

“Because Tottenham have had a long standing interest in Martial.

“We’re told both clubs are interested in Martial.

“United as I say do not want to sell to a Premier League rival but there’s also interest we understand from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

“This one if you were to put money on it, what chance would you give Martial being there perhaps not August 9 but August 31?”