Anthony Martial could be on his way back to France, according to reports.
The winger/striker arrived from AS Monaco last summer for an initial fee of $45.5 million which could rise to $73.1 million if certain clauses are met, while reports in the Sun claim that Paris Saint-Germain is monitoring Martial closely in a bid to take him back to Ligue 1.
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Martial, 20, scored twice for United in their 4-1 EFL Cup quarterfinal win against West Ham on Wednesday but it is believed the Frenchman could leave Old Trafford in January after failing out of favor with new manager Jose Mourinho and not playing in any of the previous two games. After having his No. 9 jersey handed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in preseason it is also believed Martial feels under-appreciated at Old Trafford.
Recent comments from Mourinho also suggested Martial was running out of chances to impress and although the French international is clearly talented, he is having nowhere near the same impact he had last season, his first in England, when he scored 17 goals in 49 appearances for the Red Devils.
Mourinho said the following about Martial: “You have one opportunity, you have two, you have three, if you don’t bite then somebody comes and takes the bait.”
Will PSG take the bait?
It has been widely reported that Leicester City has agreed a $17.6 million fee with Belgian club Genk for the services of defensive midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and he will join in January.
The Nigerian international, 19, has been dubbed “the new Kante” by some and he’s excelled in the Jupiler League and Europa League for Genk this season. In the past the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Benteke have all come through the ranks at Genk, so Ndidi is in good company.
When N’Golo Kante left the reigning Premier League champions in the summer, he also left a gaping hole in their midfield. That’s one of the main reason why Claudio Ranieri‘s boys are just two points off the relegation zone season, even though they’ve qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Ndidi will have plenty of work to do to lock down Leicester’s midfield but he seems out of the same mold as Kante and if he has half of his impact at the King Power Stadium then the Foxes will be happy.