Gianluca Di Marzio confirms Juventus want Anthony Martial on loan

Reports of a loan deal taking Anthony Martial from Manchester United to Juventus in Serie A are mounting fast, with one of the world’s most renowned transfer gurus now claiming the deal could go ahead.

As we reported here yesterday, the Old Lady are looking to strengthen their attack in the January transfer window after losing Federico Chiesa for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.

Martial’s name has been linked to the role for some time, but at times it just seemed like speculation; the fast striker/winger is in need of a loan, Juve are looking to replace the fast striker/winger for the rest of the season.

However, when Gianluca Di Marzio reports a story, this usually means there is meat on the bones.

“Juventus, Martial’s idea remains alive,” wrote the top journalist.

“Close contact with the French striker’s agents continues.

“Juventus remain alert to opportunities for a striker in the market.

“The Bianconeri always have Anthony Martial in their sights.

“For the team coached by Massimiliano Allegri, the Frenchman’s name remains hot, they keep the direct line with his agents constantly open despite the fact that there have been no breakthroughs.”

With Seville also again actively pursuing a loan agreement for the French and in search of a purchase option, the competition begins to intensify.

The option to buy clause could be a stumbling block given the difficulty in establishing the true value of the player. United are reportedly looking for nearly the £50million they paid for him seven years ago, when buying clubs could expect to pay far less than that amount.

Another question is whether Martial £250,000 weekly salary can be matched, either on the loan itself, or if the purchase option is activated.

Due to such complications, for United it increasingly looks like it could be the end of the window before anything is finalised, giving them little time to put the money to good use by terms of investing in a midfielder.

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