Chelsea Lining Up Bid For Manchester United Forward Anthony Martial

Chelsea will launch a bid for Manchester United's wantaway forward Anthony Martial 

Chelsea are lining up a move to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United with Roman Abramovich committed to another summer of spending.

Abramovich is keen to strengthen his squad after a disappointing defence of the Premier League title but the London club are committed to stay within the Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League is expected to cost Chelsea at least £50million.

It means the transfer experts at Stamford Bridge will attempt to generate funds, probably from their army of loan players, in order to compete with Manchester City and United.

Michy Batshuayi is valued at £50million after a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund while Kenedy has impressed at Newcastle and is viewed as a saleable asset worth more than £20m.

Others, such as, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are among several graduates of the successful Chelsea academy who want more regular football to advances their careers.

Martial is unhappy at Old Trafford and searching for a move to reignite his career.

The France winger has one year more year on his contract with a one-year option and it will make sense for United to cash in this year on a player for whom they agreed to pay up to £58m when signed from Monaco in 2015.

Chelsea are keen to add attacking options to the squad and are yet to convince Eden Hazard, a long-term target for Real Madrid, to extend a contract due to expire in two years.

Martial is young, quick and versatile enough to play in a number of system, with manager Antonio Conte expected to depart from Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup final.

He is thought to earn about £65,000-a-week at United and his wage demands will fit comfortably within the wage structure at Chelsea and the transfer fee is not expected to be prohibitive.

Juventus and Tottenham are among the clubs to declare an interest in the 22-year-old France international and are understood to be prepared to pay £44m.

United boss Jose Mourinho would like to keep Martial and is unlikely to be keen on the idea of selling to a title rival but there has been plenty of business between the two clubs in recent years.


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