MANCHESTER UNITED is having a nightmare finding a buyer for Anthony Martial due to his skyrocketing wages.
United are ready to take a big blow from the £38.5million they have paid for him with offers of around £20million ready to be heard.
But the Frenchman’s £240,000-a-week wage proves to be a huge stumbling block to every step, with no club willing to match it.
Martial has two years to go, meaning United may have to agree to a reward to get him out of Old Trafford.
Sevilla in La Liga showed interest last season when they loaned him out for a fourth month in the second half of last season.
But the player flopped and he returns Monday to prepare for the season in Carrington.
The attacker recorded his best career stats for United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2019-20, scoring 23 goals in 48 appearances.
His slide since then has been dramatic, scoring just eight goals for United in the past two seasons.
He has scored a total of 79 goals in 269 appearances since moving from Monaco in 2015.
Now 26, he should be in the peak years of his career and it remains to be seen whether new boss Erik ten Hag can work with the player if he is likely to stay.
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The club are also actively trying to find a buyer for centre-back Eric Bailly, who has offered him to Newcastle United, but the reception has been lukewarm.
After signing a new contract in April 2021, he still has two years left of his current contract.
As with Martial, United are poised to beat the 28-year-old with an asking price of just £8.5million for a player who will cost them £30million from Villarreal in 2016.
After a promising start, he made just 45 Premier League appearances for the club over the past five seasons due to form and injuries.
No concrete offers have been made for central defender Phil Jones, who still has one year left on his current contract.
Injury issues have reduced the 30-year-old to just six Premier League appearances in the past three seasons.
Forgotten midfielder Andreas Pereira, 26, also has a season left from his current contract and is currently on loan from the club for the fourth time, this time with Brazil’s Flamengo.
He does not appear in Ten Hag’s future plans either.