Anthony Martial is growing extremely restless at Manchester United and would welcome the opportunity of starting a new chapter in his career. The 22-year-old French winger is keen to make more appearances in a United shirt but has struggled to gain the trust of manager Jose Mourinho.
The Mirror claims that United has spoken to Martial and conveyed the message that, for the right price, he will be allowed to walk away from the club. However, a move to a Premier League title rival will not be entertained. London based clubs Tottenham Hotspur and defending FA Cup champions Chelsea are believed to be willing to pay £70m for the winger, but United are not interested to sell as this deal would only strengthen their rivals.
Pochettino had been reportedly impressed by the work rate and the diligent playing style of the French ace and is a long-term admirer of Martial’s skills. While Heung-Min Son has been a bright spark for them in the last couple of seasons, the likes of Eric Lamela and Lucas Moura have failed to hit the ground running. This has made the Argentine manager more interested towards the acquisition of a player like Martial.
However, in the present situation, Tottenham will have to look elsewhere for a replacement in Martial and need to be smart in their approach.
The winger is in doubt at keeping his place in the starting 11 with the emergence of young Callum Hudson-Odoi. Despite being direct rivals, Chelsea might be open to listening to offers from Spurs as Pedro is 30 years of age and the Blues have a strict internal approach when dealing with senior players. The Spaniard has a significant amount of top-flight experience and numerous winners’ medals to showcase his worth. He will fit well into the system Tottenham play under.
There is no doubting the Spaniard’s work rate as he makes sure to run down the opposition when not on the ball. He is lethal in front of goal and uses both feet equally well.
The 25-year-old Spanish winger is currently under contract with Paris Saint-Germain but continues to struggle in making a name for himself at the Ligue 1 club. He was sent out on loan to Las Palmas and then to Stoke City. Jese has experience of playing in the Premier League where he made 13 appearances for the Potters and found the target once.
It can be assumed that the Argentine manager would be able to breathe new life into Jese as the player is in dire need of self-confidence. He is quick on the ball and can use his technical abilities to get himself out of a tight spot when cornered on the field.
The 31-year-old Belgian international brings versatility along with pace and experience for whichever team he plays for. Mertens is at his best when deployed as a centre-forward but can take up the responsibilities of a left-winger or even a secondary striker. He is fast on the ball and is relatively unstoppable in a one on one situation. He would add pace to the Spurs team and would link up well with players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham plays offensive football and this style of play is appealing to the majority of players. Finding a replacement for Martial will not be a burden, however, Spurs will have to step up their ability to obtain silverware if they are to attract big-name signings.