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TRANSFER: Arsenal Set To Launch Bid For Martial; 4 Other Clubs Competes With Arsenal For Signature

The uncertainty surrounding Jose Mourinho's future as manager of Manchester United appears to be having a snowball effect on the players, with Anthony Martial reportedly putting contract talks on hold.

Martial had a well-publicised falling out with Mourinho earlier this summer after the player returned late to pre-season training following the birth of his son. Despite that saga, United are keen to tie Martial down to a new contract in order to avoid having to sell him in a cut-price deal.
The Frenchman signed for United from Monaco for £57.6m three years ago and he only has the current season left on his deal, although United will be able to trigger an automatic one year extension next summer.  
United recognise that his value will reduce significantly though if he doesn't sign a new deal before then and The Sun are reporting that the 22-year-old has put contract on hold as he wants to see how United's season with Mourinho pans out.

A number of several top clubs are lurking if Martial doesn't extend his contract...
Juventus
Calciomercato are reporting that Juventus want to sign Martial and are watching the contract situation with interest as they are ready to snap him up on a free. The Serie A giants, who added Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks earlier this summer, have a history of signing quality players for next to nothing as they have previously snapped up Emre Can, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo on the cheap or for free in the past.
Arsenal
The Mirror are suggesting that Arsenal are the most likely destination for Martial, who has scored 24 goals in 87 Premier League appearances during his spell at Old Trafford. The forward was touted as one of the hottest prospects around during his time at Monaco but his career has stagnated at Manchester United and he was left out of France's victorious World Cup-winning squad earlier this year. 
Would United let Martial move to a direct rival in England? 
Tottenham
According to The Mirror, Tottenham could go head-to-head with Arsenal for the signature of Martial and the player himself might be tempted by the prospect of working under a manager like Mauricio Pochettino, who has made a reputation for enhancing the career of young prospects.
Bayern Munich
The German outfit are known admirers of Martial and they will have to start planning for the future. Bayern's Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery aren't getting any younger, whilst Robert Lewandowski almost left the club during the latest transfer window before having a change of heart. 
Paris Saint-Germain

Finally, a return to France wouldn't be out of the question and Paris Saint-Germain would appear to be the most obvious candidate, although their difficulties with Financial Fair Play might cause issues.


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