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Manchester United In Talks With Paris Saint Germain Over 26 Y/O Superstar: Story To Fill The Pages?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Paris Saint-Germain have been offered both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with an additional £50m in exchange for Neymar. Manchester United are second in line behind Real Madrid for the Brazilan’s signature next summer.

However, is this offer good enough? Neymar alone cost the Ligue 1 side £200m ahead of the 2017/18 season and is contracted to the club till the summer of 2022. If anything that should drive that price up even higher now with the Parisians holding all the bargaining power.

Martial is a product of the French League itself, having started his playing career with AS Monaco. He arrived at Old Trafford three years ago for a hefty £36.3m transfer fee. His debut season with the Red Devils was highly impressive, under the management of Louis Van Gaal.

However, things changed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with the club and later Romelu Lukaku. The 22-year-old’s versatility seems to be his curse and his saving grace as he gets fielded mostly as a rotational option on the wings.

Martial showed us what he is capable of from the lone striker role in his primitive years in the Premier League and once again this season when the big Belgian was ruled out with an injury. He scored one and assisted three in the Champions League group stage match against CSKA Moscow earlier in September. He netted the ball thrice in the 4 league games where he played as a centre-forward, twice against Everton.

His 11-goal and 10-assist tally this season is decent enough for a player who makes substitute appearances half of the time.

This, however, is affecting his chances for a national team call-up with the 2018 FIFA World Cup just months away. Prolific and competing youngsters like Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Kingsley Coman are making a name for themselves all over Europe, it will be hard for Martial to get preference if he continues to get feature sporadically under Mourinho.

His exit is more than likely in the summer but this offer or deal is bogus for Paris Saint-Germain. It will be ludicrous for Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the Qatar Sports Management to trade in one of the world’s best wingers for a player like Martial. No matter how much potential, the latter might have shown during his time with the English outfit, it does not come close to what Neymar offers from a footballing perspective.

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The Brazilian’s abilities are miles ahead while Martial is still in the mid-development phase, mostly due to the lack of minutes he receives. PSG will be crippling their own future ambitions if they agree to this move.

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