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Manchester United have reportedly rejected a bid for Anthony Martial from Tottenham Hotspur.
Mohamed Bouhafsi of of RMC Sport reported the news Saturday:
Mohamed Bouhafsi @mohamedbouhafsi
@RMCsport @ManUtd #Tottenham bid for Anthony #Martial, bid rejected by Man United. #MUFC
While many fans responded to the report with scepticism, Marca‘s Chris Winterburn noted Spurs expressed an interest in the forward in the past:
Chris Winterburn @cmwinterburn
Worth remembering that Spurs tried to buy him a couple of months before United eventually did. No way do United sell unless Rose is offered.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League after he moved from Monaco to United in 2015, but his playing time decreased sharply last season. When he did see the pitch, manager Jose Mourinho often deployed him on the wing, rather than in the centre.
The lack of opportunities led to plenty of speculation during the summer, with several clubs reportedly expressing an interest. Per Bouhafsi, Italian side Inter also made an unsuccessful offer.
As of now, a transfer seems unlikely, but if Martial’s role doesn’t increase this season, that could change in a hurry.