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Inter Identify Manchester United Forward As Lukaku Replacement: Should Solskjaer Let Him Go?

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Pratik Das
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Recent reports from the Mirror state that Inter Milan are keen on signing Manchester United striker Anthony Martial on a season-long loan deal in the ongoing transfer window as Simone Inzaghi looks set to replace Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku.

The Serie A giants are going through a terrible economic crisis at the moment, which forbids them from buying players; however, United will let Martial leave on loan only if there is an obligation to buy him for £50 million next summer.

Inter are willing to pay the Frenchman’s £200,000-a-week wages, but a loan deal seems unlikely as it won’t provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the funds he’ll need to bring in other players.

Everton are also interested in a loan move for the United striker.

Anthony Martial’s Poor Form At Old Trafford

With just 7 goals in thirty-six appearances across all competitions, Martial had a dreadful 2020/21 season at The Theatre Of Dreams. Besides, the 25-year-old picked up an unfortunate injury at the end of the season that ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Inter Identify Anthony Martial As Lukaku Replacement (Anthony Martial can be seen in the picture)
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Last term, the 25-year-old forward put up some mediocre numbers on the board as he averaged 2 shots, 0.8 key passes, and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English top-flight. The United fans certainly expected him to carry most of United’s goal-scoring burdens after bagging 35 goal contributions in 48 appearances in the 2019/20 season; however, it’d be an understatement to say that he failed to live up to the expectations.

Should Solksjaer Let Him Go?

Veteran striker Edinson Cavani enjoyed a brilliant first season at Old Trafford as he scored 17 goals and netted 5 assists across all competitions to help his side, while 19-year-old Mason Greenwood ended the season on a strong note with 8 goals in his last 14 games.

Jadon Sancho’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund could further reduce Martial’s game-time despite Marcus Rashford’s injury.

Daniel James and Jesse Lingard are decent options off the bench.

Considering all the possible scenarios, it’s better if Solskjaer’s lets him leave if Inter agree to pay anywhere near the asking price. A summer sale would certainly benefit all the parties involved.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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