Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly changed his mind about selling Anthony Martial in this summer’s transfer window.
The France international has been linked with an exit for much of the summer and the Guardian now report that Mourinho would be willing to sell him to a club outside the Premier League for around £50million.
Martial would undoubtedly be an attractive signing for many top clubs around Europe, especially at such a relatively low price by the standards of this current market.
This potential transfer fee also seems lower than previous reports had claimed, with the Express only recently stating the Red Devils would ask for around £60m for him amid interest from big names like Chelsea, Tottenham and Bayern Munich.
The Guardian claim Mourinho had previously favoured keeping the 22-year-old on board, but it seems there could now be a move for him before the transfer deadline.
United fans have largely taken well to Martial, so will not be too happy if he does end up being shown the door by a manager who hardly has the best track record in terms of recognising and developing young talent.
The Portuguese notably let players like Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah go while he was in charge at Chelsea, with those two now among the finest players in the world and shining for rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Martial could well go down a similar path after showing flashes of brilliance in his time at Old Trafford, though he’s been used more sparingly and mainly out of position by Mourinho since he replaced Louis van Gaal as manager.