Alderweireld/Martial swap deal may be being considered

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Manchester United pulled off the biggest swap deals in football history in January when Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan swapped London and Manchester respectively

And according to The Express (www.express.co.uk)Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge Bridge believes they could well do another one by trading Anthony Martial in for Spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

It is believed both players want out of their respective clubs

“Anthony Martial’s future could be the big talking point of the transfer window,” Bridge told the Transfer Talk podcast.

He added:”Chelsea have entered the fray and I have said plenty of times that Spurs have a longstanding interest in Martial and I still stand by that.

He went on to say “There may even be a deadline day swap between him and Toby Alderweireld, who knows. There will still be plenty to go in the last few weeks.
Chelsea, we know they are interested but they are yet to make a formal offer. Sky in Germany are saying Bayern Munich will only make a move if United lower their valuation of the player – you’d say unlikely.

He also added:”Anthony Martial’s agent has said Martial is not wanted as much at Manchester United but Jose Mourinho has said a lot of his World Cup players won’t be starting the season.

“He’s actually started for United against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes. Jose Mourinho has said he wants to start Martial against Leicester alongside Sanchez and Juan Mata.

Bridge thinks that its possible Jose Mourinho just does not rate Martial “Is it Mourinho and Man Utd not appreciating him? We don’t know.It might have taken them by surprise that Martial has said he wants to move on. not many players want to move on from Manchester United.”

Frenchman Martial made just 18 Premier League appearances last season scoring nine goals and a disappointing campaign was compounded by missing out on the France World Cup squad.

He has rejected a new long-term contract offer with just a year left on his current deal but United are in a position to trigger a 12-month option on the deal he penned when he arrived from Monaco in 2015 which would increase his market value.

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