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Manchester United plan to pay Anthony Martial to leave

Anthony Martial is now the riddle that Manchester United reportedly have no desire to solve.

Despite the lack of attacking opportunities in 2022 when Edinson Cavani leaves, Martial is unlikely to play a role.

United are planning a radical solution to get high-paid Martial out of the books.

Sun reports that United are ready to pay Martial a lump sum of £ 12 million to leave the club.

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Martial has extremely high salaries at United of almost £ 250,000 a week.

He would be entitled to £ 25 million from United over the last two years of his contract until 2024.

So the Frenchman could stubbornly sit outside and collect the money he signed up for, whether he is involved in the first team or not.

United hope to save money by convincing Martial to agree on a payout and take half of what he is entitled to.

A similar tactic worked to get Alexis Sanchez out of the books.

Clubs will be exposed to buying Martial because of his salary. No club will match United’s salary.

But he should be interested in actually playing football and getting his career on track after two frustrating years.

United could still get a transfer fee, to potentially set off the payout on his salary. But without Martial agreeing to take a pay cut or payout, there is simply no transfer fee and he would remain a problem in the club’s books.

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Martial scored 23 goals in 2019/20, but has only scored nine goals in the two seasons since, including only one on his Sevilla loan spell.

His loan has not exactly put him in the shop window and United have a tough task of relieving him so they are forced to look at radical solutions.

This week, we named Martial one of the seven most difficult players to sell at United.

The Sun report Martial is not keen on returning to Manchester, which should work in United’s favor.

It is possible that the new boss Erik ten Hag will take a look at him, but when he looks at footage, he may have seen enough.

United’s proposed option to switch Martial will be on the table, to hopefully convince him to accept an offer that comes in.

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