Inter Milan have targeted Manchester United striker Anthony Martial to replace Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku. It was reported on Saturday that an agreement has been struck between Inter Milan and Chelsea for the Belgian striker and the fee is believed to be £97m.
With Inter Milan set to receive their payment from Chelsea, they are ready to quickly find a replacement for the departing striker and have viewed Lukaku’s former team mate Anthony Martial as the man to replace the Belgian.
Martial who has struggled for consistency since his move to the premier league giants in 2015 is now behind Veteran striker Edinson Cavani in the pecking order and have a lot of work to do to oust the Uruguayan.
He was first touted to be the man to lead the line on a regular basis after the sale of Lukaku to Inter in 2019 and he did well during the 2019/20 with 17premier league goals and 23 overall in all competitions but his form dwindled last season and this made his place as a starter be in doubt once again.
Now the Sun reports that Inter will turn to Lukaku’s former Manchester United teammate in Martial to step in for the departing striker and they will want to use their business relationship with ManUtd (who sanctioned the sale of Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez to the San Siro) to try an attempt on the Frenchman.
Martial’s £200,000 wages might prove to be a stumbling block in the deal for Inter and they will want to reduce it a bit. The 25-year-old’s place in the starting line up is no longer guaranteed as he is below Cavani, Rashford, Sancho and Greenwood in the pecking order due to his patchy form ever since his arrival from Monaco in 2015
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after Saturday’s 4-0 friendly win over Everton, saying: “Anthony has had a bad spell with injuries.
“He’s been training well with us but as players who’ve been out for a while, they need some more sharpness, need some more work.
“He tried to do the right thing; it didn’t come off all the time, but it’s better than what you fear sometimes when he’s been injured for five months – since March.”