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Manchester United anticipates Anthony Martial's summer departure despite ongoing contract talks

Posted : 05 January 2024

Manchester United is anticipating the departure of Anthony Martial in the upcoming summer, as revealed by a source. Despite manager Erik ten Hag's indication of ongoing contract negotiations, the club has not activated an extension to Martial's current deal, which would have tied him to Old Trafford until June 2025.


Although discussions are reportedly taking place, sources suggest that a new contract is unlikely, paving the way for Martial's departure on a free transfer in the summer. The French forward, who joined United in 2015, has contributed 90 goals in 317 appearances during his eight-and-a-half-year tenure.


Having been sidelined for the last month due to illness, Martial's availability for the FA Cup third-round clash against Wigan Athletic on Monday appears doubtful, according to Ten Hag. Meanwhile, the manager confirmed that the club has triggered one-year extensions for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelöf, securing their contracts until 2025.


However, a similar option for Raphaël Varane has not been exercised, although discussions for a potential extension on revised terms are open. Varane's contract is set to expire in June, allowing him to engage in negotiations with clubs outside the Premier League since January 1.


In a notable development, Manchester United is nearing an agreement to loan Jadon Sancho back to his former club, Borussia Dortmund. While the German side is expected to pay a modest loan fee and contribute to the 23-year-old's wages, Ten Hag remained tight-lipped on the matter, stating that any official updates would be communicated when available.


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