Manchester United are considering using Anthony Martial in a swap deal to beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to reports.
The Norway international scored 40 goals across all competitions last term. And while the Bundesliga giants have insisted he won’t be sold, a change of scenery could be on the cards.
According to Mundo Deportivo, United have been considering using Martial as bait to land the 21-year-old – who is one of the most talented players of his generation.
Barcelona are keen to jettison the France international in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with the Catalan giants looking to balance the books.
And they’re eyeing Martial as a potential replacement, with the 25-year-old yet to realise his potential at the club.
Regarding Haaland, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously managed his compatriot at Molde.
But United will face strong competition from Chelsea to land the forward, with the Blues hopeful he’ll be moving to Stamford Bridge by the time the transfer
In April, Paul Scholes urged United to sign Haaland over Harry Kane.
“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said.
“I think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.
“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.
They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.
“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.
“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.
“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.
“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland