Anthony Martial has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is leaving Inter Milan.
Lukaku is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Inter for £98 million, as the Italian club looks to alleviate their financial troubles.
Inter will attempt to sign Martial on a season-long loan if Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United, according to The Sun, would like to sign the midfielder to a permanent contract rather than a loan agreement.
Although it is thought that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would consent to a 12-month loan deal if it included a buy-back clause.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, would only sell the 25-year-old for a sum near to the £50 million they paid for him six years ago.
If Inter can come up with the money, they’ll finally have the payer they’ve been looking for for the past two years.
Martial’s current contract has three years left on it, with him earning £200,000 per week.
Given Inter’s and Manchester United’s solid connection, which has resulted in successful completed deals for Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez, a deal between the two is likely to be done.
A deal might help Martial, who has battled to break into Solskjaer’s starting lineup.
‘Anthony has had a tough run with injuries,’ the United manager remarked after his side’s 4-0 friendly win against Everton on Saturday.
‘He’s been training well with us, but as players who haven’t played in a while, they need a little more sharpness and practice.’
‘He tried to do the right thing; it didn’t always come off, but it’s better than what you dread when he’s been out for five months – since March.’ Martial would be a straight replacement for Inter striker Lukaku, who has been linked with a move back to Chelsea.
The sum is anticipated to be in the region of £95 million, slightly short of Manchester City’s British transfer record set when they bought Jack Grealish, but a new high for the London club.
Lukaku joined Chelsea as an 18-year-old from Anderlecht ten years ago, but was finally moved to Everton, where he became a Premier League force.