Antonio Conte’s successor at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri, has a tough task this summer, as he does not have too much time in the summer transfer market, to try and improve his side for the previous season. The Italian is desperate to add some quality to the first team at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with some of the finest stars in Europe. However, the latest name doing the rounds is Manchester United star, Anthony Martial.
The French international joined the Red Devils back in 2015 as the most expensive teenager in the game. He announced himself by scoring 11 league goals in his first season at the club, including a memorable goal against arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. However, he failed to impress Jose Mourinho, who joined the club next season and has struggled to cement his place in the first team in the last couple of seasons.
Reduced to a squad role, the 22-year old made just 18 league starts, but registered nine goals and five assists, showing his quality at the highest level. However, lack of consistency saw him miss out on a gold medal with the French national team in Russia and Martial wants to avoid such issues in the future and wants to quit Old Trafford in search of more game time.
He is a natural finisher, who loves to play on the shoulders of the final defender. However, Mourinho has used him on the wing time and again, and Martial did well to show some class. He would love to play as a striker at the highest level and reports suggest that German giants Bayern Munich and Chelsea are both interested in his services.
The player’s representatives have already revealed that it is the right time for him to move, with just a year left on his current deal. Manchester United still want to tie him down to a new contract and have slapped a price tag of €100m, to price potential suitors away.
However, Chelsea could end up spending big on Martial this summer, if they lose their Belgian talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants want the playmaker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo this summer but the Blues are unwilling to let him leave, even for £170m.
If Hazard’s heart is set on a move to Spain, there are very few players who can replace him at Stamford Bridge and Martial is one of them. The struggles of Alvaro Morata will also be eased if Martial is made the new striker at Stamford Bridge.
So a move for the versatile Frenchman makes a lot of sense for the Blues at the moment, even at the price that Manchester United have set for him. But do you think he is the right man for Sarri?