Report- Man Utd transfer news: Juventus settle on Anthony Martial alternative amid contract claims | Football | Sport

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Man Utd transfer news: Juventus settle on Anthony Martial alternative amid contract claims | Football | Sport

Manchester United forward Martial has been in stunning form of late, prompting Juventus to consider a sensational transfer in the summer.

The France international’s current contract at Old Trafford expires in 2019 and, though the club are able to trigger a one-year extension, his long-term future is uncertain.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho nearly sold him in the summer but, speaking recently, said he wanted the 22-year-old to stay.

“Obviously I hope we will agree,” he said of Martial.

“He is a talented player – everybody has known that since he was at Monaco. Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality.

“When you reach that level or are almost reaching that level is when you become a top player. One thing is a top talent, another thing is a top player.

“When he is now much closer to becoming a top player, obviously I would like him to stay. I know the club very much wants him to stay so hopefully he is going to stay.”

Juventus have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Martial should he choose to leave.

But the Sun say that, if he stays, the Serie A giants would love to sign Jadon Sancho.

Sancho is impressing over in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

And, as a result, he was recently given his England debut by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

Sancho is reportedly valued at £70million.

Meanwhile, an Old Trafford source has told The Sun they expect Martial to stay put.

“It would cost us £100m to replace Anthony at least,” they said.

“His future has to be here at United.

“There have been encouraging signs a deal can be done and also having the 12 month option has crystallised thinking on both sides of the negotiations.

“United always finds the money when it is in the best interests of the club.

“And keeping Martial is a top priority at this current time.”