ESPN revealed yesterday that Manchester United are keen to sign Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane this summer and they could use Anthony Martial as a part of the deal.
Spurs fans had to endure a rough few months last summer after Kane dropped a bombshell about his future in an interview on Sky Sports with Gary Neville in May.
The transfer saga carried on for a few months, and at one point last year, it really did look like the Englishman would leave Tottenham and join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Daniel Levy did not let that move materialise, but could he entertain a player-plus-cash offer from City’s great rivals Manchester United this summer?
Anthony Martial was once the golden boy of French football. He was expected by many to do what Kylian Mbappe has done recently, but things just haven’t happened for him.
The 26-year-old, since joining Manchester United in 2015, has played 269 games for them and has scored 79 times in all competitions. That’s not the greatest record but it’s not bad either, especially considering how poorly he was utlised at times by the Red Devils.
Martial was loaned out to Sevilla in January this year and he has a goal and an assist to his name in eight appearances so far. It’s likely that he’ll return to Old Trafford this summer and Manchester United are reportedly tempted to offer him to Tottenham in a deal that would see Kane move the other way.
It’s unclear if Spurs would even consider accepting a cash plus Martial offer for Kane, but if they do, it’s a move that’s seven years in the making.
Back in June 2015, The Telegraph reported that ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was on the lookout for a new attacker and he set his eyes on Martial, who was at Monaco at the time.
The report claimed then that he was available for sale for just £18.2million but Spurs decided against acting on it. They went ahead and signed Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie instead and the former has proved to be one of their best signings in the Premier League era.
Martial, branded as ‘world-class’ by Robin van Persie, then went on to sign for Manchester United on transfer deadline day of the same window for £36 million (BBC).
Seven years after missing out on him, Tottenham could soon have a chance to sign Martial again, but it won’t be a surprise to see them turn down United’s offer this summer.