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Barcelona Make Enquiry For Out Of Favour Manchester United Forward

James Hilsum

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Barcelona Make Enquiry For Out Of Favour Manchester United Forward

Barcelona are reportedly eager to bring out-of-favour Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to the Camp Nou.

Mundo Deportivo reported that Barca's football director Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter made an enquiry about the Frenchman during a recent business trip to Manchester, meaning Martial's largely disappointing spell at Old Trafford could end soon.

The 25-year-old has struggled for game time this season after only making nine appearances across all competitions, and scoring once in a 1-1 draw with Everton in October.

Xavi is also a fan of Martial, and he may head to Catalonia as soon as January, which could be on a loan deal.

PA: Anthony Martial scored on his Premier League debut.
PA: Anthony Martial scored on his Premier League debut.

The former Monaco man has struggled for consistency since arriving at the club in a £36million deal in September 2015, despite scoring a superb goal on his Premier League debut against Liverpool.

In total, he has found the net 79 times and registered 50 assists in 267 appearances for the club, with his finest season coming in the 2019/20 campaign.

He scored 23 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions, as United secured a Champions League spot on the final day of the season.

But he failed to continue that form in 2020/21, as a knee injury halted his progress and he scored only 7 goals in 37 appearances.

New interim manager Ralf Rangnick will hold the final say on Martial's future though, and it remains to be seen if he features in the German's plans.

PA: Anthony Martial has scored one goal so far this season, against Everton.
PA: Anthony Martial has scored one goal so far this season, against Everton.

His current contract at Old Trafford runs until June 2024 and is valued at £31.5million according to transfermarkt, so it will be interesting to see if the cash-strapped Catalans can strike a deal for the forward.

For now, Martial's focus will be on forcing his way back into the United team when they host Arsenal on Thursday night - a match which could be Rangnick's first game in charge depending on the progress of his work permit application.

Topics: Xavi, Anthony Martial, Manchester United, Barcelona, Ralf Rangnick, Premier League, La Liga

James Hilsum
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