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Manchester United star Anthony Martial set for 6-month loan to Sevilla

Anthony Martial, Manchester United, Sevilla

After Anthony Martial found himself struggling for opportunity at Manchester United, the Frenchman made clear his desire to leave the club on loan in order to get back on the pitch. Martial has been angling for the move a while now, but on Monday, Manchester United finally agreed to send him off for the remainder of the season. Per Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Sevilla agreed to terms on a six-month loan for the out-of-favor Red Devils’ striker.

The Spanish club agreed to pay the full cost of Martial’s wages for the remainder of the season in order to bring the 26-year-old to Seville. Per Sports Illustrated, Martial earns approximately £250,000 per week, meaning the cost of the loan will approach the £6.5 million mark.

In 2021-22, Martial has managed just eight Premier League appearances for Manchester United, recording a total of just 212 minutes on the pitch. He’s scored one goal and provided zero assists for United in his limited playing time. Martial had been drawing interest from various clubs over a potential loan swap, including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, and Serie A giants Juventus. Ultimately, however, Martial longed to join Sevilla, who currently sit second in La Liga, trailing Real Madrid.

Across seven seasons in Manchester, Martial has started 133 Premier League matches and appeared in 175. He’s scored a total of 56 league goals for the Red Devils while contributing 25 assists. After Manchester United acquired Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window, Martial saw his role with the club drastically reduced and has fallen behind Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and Edinson Cavani, among others, in Ralf Rangnick’s pecking order.

United are hopeful that Martial can impress while loaned out in Spain, as a string of good performances could help spike up his market value ahead of a possible permanent summer transfer.