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Juventus want Anthony Martial

March 17, 2018 - 10:18 am

Reports in Italy suggest Juventus are very interested in Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

The Bianconeri were linked with Martial last week when Bianconeri Vice-President Pavel Nedved was spotted meeting Nelio Lucas following Juve’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Premium Sport now report that the Bianconeri are very interested in the young forward whose contract at Old Trafford expires in 2019.

It’s reported that Juve would have to pay at least €65m to convince United to part with the player, however contacts between the two sides are ongoing.

The 22-year-old has scored ten goals and provided eleven assists in 39 appearances for Manchester United this season.


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  • thegutterpoet
    thegutterpoet March 17, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I’d be happy to see us spend fairly heavily on Martial. He has the pace and the physique and we are desperate for a proper alternative to Higuain…We really only have one top drawer CF at the club, which is both a poor mark against Beppe and Max in terms of recruitment and yet praise in turn for the the squad they have put together and how they have been coached for we remain in three competitions at a late stage in the season.

    However, I do not see why we should pay considerably more than the price they purchased him for…so it might well come down to our interest alerting others with deeper pockets and us losing out. Still, it appears that Mourinho is basically suggesting that most the squad are dispensable or not presently up to the task, with his most recent descent into ignominy. Where he intimated he lost to a better side in Seville…and listed a handful of players a future United manager would find after he left, of the stock presently in hand.

    Who can say, perhaps Morata will be available…depending on who replaces Conte. I’d be happy to see the spaniard return to the ranks…

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      Jas March 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Martial would be a super signing and exactly what we need. There is no backup to Higguain, we are very short on center forwards at the moment. While I love Mario’s passion and he really does put in max effort for the team, there is clearly a lack of quality. Martial is arguably the best young center forward in the game, miles ahead of anyone born before 1995. I would like this to materialize probably more than any other transfer rumor out there, although it will be difficult for obvious reasons. Juventus is not known to spend upwards of 40 million on players in the last decade and I’m sure there will be plenty of other suitors. But!! I certainly believe it will be money well spent, this kid has lightning pace, great finishing, the ideal center forward by all means! Lets face it, Higguain is pushing towards 31 at the end of the season and we should expect him to start declining soon. Martial reminds me of Thierry Henry but honestly more of a complete package.

      In other news Alberto Cerri is on fire in serie B, 16 goals and 11 assists in 26 games is amazing!
      Matteo Darmian will be a waste of money and doesn’t bring in anything De Sciglio already provides.
      Praet will be a good addition to the midfield but if we get Can I’d rather see Mandragora and Clemenza get some playing time.

      • thegutterpoet
        thegutterpoet March 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

        Darmian seems a much more useful player than De Sciglio, mate…hugely more adventurous and capable going forward, much better physical constitution and more versatile as happy on either flank. Also much more firm defensively than the Spinazzola option. I think he would be a great signing…and he already is well proven in Serie A.

        I mentioned Cerri and have been noting his sterling progress…yet we rarely bring in any Serie B success stories, my friend, as you likely are well aware. Orsolini looked superb last term and then the step up has not gone as well as hoped…Zaza took a season or so to adjust, and that was through playing regularly. The gulf between the leagues is huge. Yet yes yes, he looks likely to earn a solid move in the Summer.

        40m! We paid 90+ for Gonzalo…and 45ish for Freddy and Doug last Summer….I think we can and will stretch to one or two hefty signings. We can afford it.

        Clemenza has been playing fairly regularly of late and creating goals, yet nothing to suggest he would be considered for our first team next term.

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          Jas March 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

          Well to be fair, Gonzalo’s transfer was solely dependent on Pogba’s regardless of the statement made by the club. I guess my explanation was sub par so I should explain myself a little better. Fredo, Gonzalo’s transfer is pretty much the money earned on Pogba’s transfer. Costa is a bit out of the norm but that will be materialized this summer as he is still on loan, given we’ve pretty much sold every young player with talent on the books it makes sense why he will become permanent. I am not personally a fan of Darmian, given he lost a starting spot to a 32 year old Antonio Valencia on a man u team that can’t defend if their lives depended on it.

          Cerri has taken Serie B for a whirlwind, at worst the team will pocket around $10 million for a transfer on a player they signed at no cost. Orsolini is still a big talent in my opinion and is very young off age, that Sassuolo team is a complete mess I’d fire most of the management.

          Clemenza is playing above average as this is the first year he’s spent outside of the primavera. Solidified a starting spot and has racked up 2 goals and 6 assists so far. There is a certain spark to this kid, I cant explain it but I see allot of Del Piero traits in him.

          Watching today’s game vs SPAL was beyond dreadful, Serie A is beyond boring to watch when teams play soo defensivle. The game ended with them having 0 shots off target and 0 shots on target…… I repeat 0… This is where our bench needs more quality, bringing on Mandzukic hardly changes anything except better holdup play. You need game changers.

          The future looks extremely bright – Mandragora, Kean, Clemenza, Caldara are very talented.

          • thegutterpoet
            thegutterpoet March 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

            Man U have some issues, but defensively they are the second strongest in England, mate…which comes as no surprise given if there is one thing that Jose can still- do well, it is to set a team up to nullify an opponent’s attacking channels. unfortunately he does this often at the expense of allowing his own side to attack, and so leaves them open to those one or two chances which in the CL, loses you matches. yet defensively, they are fairly solid. As per the table…They also proved rather robust at the back in their CL group.

            Orsolini has also failed to make much progress at Bologna, where he has been since the end of January. Unfortunately now injured, but before which just bit-part roles. Will need another season but he is a good example of someone who looked immense in the second tier, who has not been able to appear as strong in the top flight.. Yes, yes! Cerri will bring us some cash, my point is that Serie B is no springboard to the Juve squad.

            The comparisons between Del Piero and Clemenza have been very well publicised for many moons, mate! For obvious reasons such as his position on the field, his dribbling, creativity and glorious free kicks…yes we have a sound bunch of youngsters coming through. He was also captain of the primavera. My hope for him is to find a Serie A club next term, but we may have to wait a little longer.

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    Moderator March 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Simply don’t see the need for such a player – obviously talented but not sure he has the physicality to play against Serie A defences. all too often, he drifts in and out of games, and while he’s young and has plenty to learn, i don’t see him as a long-term investment. Would rather we found a cheaper alternative and one that is more of an out and out number nine.

    If we need pace on the left, there’s a lad called Marko Pjaca we should look at…..

    • thegutterpoet
      thegutterpoet March 18, 2018 at 5:19 am

      I see him more as a SS personally, Chief…and of a much greater calibre than Pjaca – who did look excellent at a lower level before we signed him and showed some flashes of brilliant potential thereafter, yet it seems he either needs the rest of the season and the Summer to regain his form or, the injury might have curtailed what could have been. It can happen with an ACL injury.

      Martial has always struck me as more capable anywhere across the front line. Except as a long striker. A pacy, powerful weapon to charge at defenders, break through, for he can dribble, shoot, and has explosive acceleration. Presently we lack all of that. Costa has some, yet is much more creative than able to regularly find the net, as we have seen this season…He isn’t great at finishing chances. Who else is there? Dybala is a different kind of character. Power is never a word I would use to describe his game, nor has he electric pace.

      I see a need for Martial’s skill-set and also versatility in his ability. As mentioned further down, we need a decent CF option whether as a prima punta or second striker. One with pace and power is my hope.

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        Moderator March 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

        thats the problem mate – i see him as a winger or a SS for a team that has played with a lone striker for the best part of two years. He lacks the physical presence to be an out and out 9 and even on the wings, he’s not as effective. I think we’re better off looking for a real ‘9’ and bringing back Pjaca, considering we’re likely to play a variation of 4-3-something. Perhaps he’d fit in with 4-3-2-1 but then where does Dybala play? Costa as well, seeing as he’s certain to be signed by us.

        • thegutterpoet
          thegutterpoet March 20, 2018 at 11:34 pm

          I’m less convinced of Costa than some others, mate…I believe he would do much better if we played more offensively with two not just one flying winger. His pace and dribbling have been exceptional yet his end product steadily disappointing. Perhaps more due to lack of support in the box than his own failings. I can we why Bayern let him go, given the talent on the flanks they have in place of present and future.

          I agree with the need for a proper prima punts. See zero chance of Cerri coming in given the huge gulf in quality between the two leagues and recent history…

          Reserve to higuain doesn’t suit the top class players, so it’s up to beppe and Fabio’s crowd to find a diamond in the rough.

          I don’t see many lone strikers who would prosper in our system beyond what we get from Gonzalo. Ronaldo aside…he so often plays with barely any support.

          Not sure on the formation next term. I’d be happy to see a 442. Dybala in the old DP role. Freddy and Doug on the flanks. A proper DM, with possibly a pure box to box next to him, not pjanic. Your chum savic for example. I don’t think miralem can give his best from department without two minders. Dembele and savic could probably work in tandem with him but who else is there, strong enough for two really?

          Curious times my friend.

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    Phantasm del Futbolista March 17, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Yes Please!!! Beside the fact that we need him, and that he is a big talent being wasted under a garbage team with a sub par coach; €65m is not too bad at all.

    Of course we could pay more than what United paid for him, and considering we spent 90m On Higuain, 65M-75M for Martial isn’t too bad. Unlike Mateo Darmain, and Emre Can; Anthoney Martial is someone who would instantly improve our squad.