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Juventus keen on Anthony Martial, apparently met his agent but the facts seem to be incorrect!

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is once again being linked to Serie A side Juventus after it was reported that the player’s representatives have held a meeting with the Italian giants. Premium Sport HD in Italy has reported the rumour (via The Sun), something which has been said before about the Frenchman, who has seemingly cut a frustrated figure at the Old Trafford club. It is stated that Juventus director Pavel Nedved met with Nelio Lucas, the CEO of Doyen Sports Investments Limited, which could have been about anything – the media choose this, again.

Now, a meeting between Juventus and Doyen is plausible but it is claimed that the group represents Martial, when in fact it is USFA Management who represent the Frenchman with Philippe Lamboley named as the director of the company. It makes me wonder who journalists do not do their homework on this sort of thing, it really does separate the facts from the fiction. Martial is contracted at the Old Trafford club for another year yet and when he signed for United, he was given a four-year contract with the option of a fifth year.

It is suggested in the report that a €65 million fee will be payable for Martial, which currently is around £57 million. If there is any truth in the report, it would be a shame if the transfer actually happened but the fact his agency is not Doyen is one of the key facts here. Martial has been used sparingly this season, making 43 appearances, 23 starts and 20 substitute appearances. He has scored 12 goals in all competitions, assisting a further seven goals.

Martial has played a total of 1,994 minutes of football this season, which with nine matches of the season left – eight Premier League matches and one Emirates FA Cup game (against Brighton and Hove Albion), which could lead to another, should United win, is a good number of minutes for the player. Granted he could have played a lot more, and coming off the bench 20 times could have resulted in more starts but as certain stages of the season, Martial was used instead of Marcus Rashford and vice versa.

The prolific Frenchman, who, if he scores another goal for the club, will cost the club more money having met another of the clauses set in his initial contract, averages 1.6 shots per game in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, the only competitions WhoScored.com compiles the data for, in Martial’s case. His average passing success rate is 81.7%, which is not bad for a forward. Martial also averages 1.1 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per match in these competitions.

During his time at Manchester United, Martial has lifted the Emirates FA Cup (2015/16), FA Community Shield (2016), EFL Cup (2016/17) and the UEFA Europa League (2016/17) – which is not a bad start for the 22-year-old. Martial has made a total of 130 competitive appearances for United, this being his third season at the club, scoring 36 goals in total – 17 in his first season, seven in his second and so far 12 this season. Keeping Martial at United will be something that needs to be done.

There were rumours the club were negotiating a new contract but United were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Sevilla on Tuesday evening. This defeat not only seems to have caused an overreaction from the clubs supporters, which seems to happen every time United lose a match. Also, when United lose, the media seems to be full of speculation surrounding their players and the manager. Since the defeat, David De Gea allegedly wants to leave, Mourinho is a target for Paris Saint-Germain (again) and now Martial is negotiating an exit (again). Click bait journalism.

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