Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has played down a move for Manchester United wantaway Anthony Martial this month.
The Bianconeri are still searching for a short-term solution at striker but their options appear limited. Martial has emerged as a possibility with the Frenchman ostracised by Ralf Rangnick but United’s demands have seemingly deterred the club from pursuing a move.
Several clubs have registered an interest in taking Martial on loan this month, including Juve, but United are demanding a £6m loan fee and want the buying club to cover his entire salary for the remainder of the season.
Alongside Juve, Barcelona and Sevilla are said to be keen on the French forward, while the player has supposedly rejected approaches from Newcastle United and Tottenham.
CEO Maurizo Arrivabene plays down Juventus signing Anthony Martial on loan
United’s financial demands are a major deterrent for Juventus, who are seeking a cheap solution before re-assessing their striker situation in the summer. The club have identified Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca as long-term options.
Regarding Martial, CEO Arrivabene played down a loan move ahead of Juve’s 4-1 triumph over Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night.
He said (via Fabrizio Romano): “With current conditions [loan fee and full salary paid] it’s not a feasible deal for us. Considering certain numbers, there are no advanced talks – we don’t expect any discount from Man United”.
Arrivabene’s comments suggest that a move for Martial is off the table unless United reduce their financial demands. Thus, the club will once again seek alternatives.
Mauro Icardi joining is a rumour that won’t go away, while Zenit’s Sardar Azmoun is a possibility. Il Bianconero report that Zenit would be happy to sell the Iranian striker, whose contract in St. Petersburg is running down, for €5m. However, Juve face competition from Lyon and Newcastle for the forward’s services.