Martial flew home during Manchester United’s pre-season US tour in order to be present at his son’s birth. He should have been back by July 31, when his club faced (and eventually defeated) Real Madrid. Yet, he was nowhere to be seen, invoking the wrath of his already frustrated coach. Online sportsbook news sites in the UK report that Man United already decided on a punishment. Martial will be fined two weeks’ wages—that is to say, £180,000.
Why is Anthony Martial unhappy at Manchester United?
The main reason he wants to leave is because he is being kept on the bench by Mourinho.
His failure to join his teammates on the training grounds is only the most recent emanation of his increasing dissatisfaction with the club. The main reason he wants to leave is because he is being kept on the bench by Mourinho. (Martial was a substitute in 12 of the 30 matches he has played in the season.) The diminishing playing time is especially hard for the forward to accept considering that Didier Deschamps did not include him in his World Cup squad. Martial missed out on contributing to France’s World Cup victory.
Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, had explicitly stated back in June:
“After considering all possibilities and options, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.”
The club’s officials say they want to keep him, and the agent admits Manchester United has the final say in the matter. But Lamboley questioned the sincerity of the official statements. He said, when a team of Manchester United’s caliber “cannot come to an agreement after eight months, it is because they really don’t want to make him a key player.”
Alexis Sanchez scored one of the goals against Real Madrid in the same position where Martial plays. With Sanchez being productive on the left of attack, and with Mourinho and Martial’s professional relationship hitting an all-time low, it is very likely that the Frenchman will get his wish and will be allowed to leave the club.
What are the official Anthony Martial transfer odds?
Online betting sites in the UK have not yet reacted to reports on Martial’s plans to leave Manchester United. Unibet Sportsbook, for instance, still suggests that the forward will stay in Mourinho’s team (1/4).
Goal.com reminds its readers that Martial would prefer to continue playing in England. According to the site, Tottenham’s “desire to add the attacker seems most credible.” Tottenham is only the bookies’ third favorite on Unibet Sportsbook and thus that option offers very profitable odds: 4/1.
A deal with Bayern München, the bookies’ second favorite, is also imaginable, although the German team is said to find the player’s cost too high (£80m). A move to Bayern would require very skillful negotiations. Paris SG, who had seemed interested in Martial in the recent past, are also unlikely (10/1) to offer him a contract at this point. Tottenham remains the best bet on the player’s future club—and with the official Anthony Martial transfer odds being so favorable, you could grab a whopping 4/1 increase.