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Juventus and Man United in shock talks to transfer forward

As happens every summer, Manchester United have been linked with a number of exciting signings during this transfer window. Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin, Germany’s Jerome Boateng’s and Serbia’s Sergei Milinkovic-Savic have all been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian also expected to leave Manchester this summer.

These exits won’t concern the majority of United fans, but one that certainly will, should it come to pass, is Anthony Martial. After the Frenchman’s agent announced that his client was looking to leave the club earlier this month, reports have surfaced of United placing a restrictive price tag in order to ward off suitors, and so far, there appears to have been little progress in terms of Martial sealing a move away from England.

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However, Get French Football are reporting that Italian giants Juventus are already in advanced talks to agree a contract with Martial. The article states that the reigning Serie A champions are keen to see if they can negotiate with the Frenchman and his entourage first, before then opening talks with United.

There’s no mention of any potential players of the Bianconeri’s being brought into proceedings, either, which would certainly spice things up from a United perspective. Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira would all be of interest to Jose Mourinho, so their involvement in any deal might pique United’s interest.

It would certainly represent a huge disappointment if Martial was to leave Old Trafford this summer. The former AS Monaco player has struggled under Mourinho’s management, but surely remains the club’s most naturally gifted forward. United’s hierarchy have attempted to make his departure less-than swift with the aforementioned €86m price tag, but if the Portuguese manager does not trust in him, then perhaps leaving the club would suit all parties in the long term.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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