One interview was all it took for Anthony Martial's agent to spark a massive reaction among Manchester United fans.
Speaking to RMC, Philippe Lamboley stunningly revealed: “After thinking about all the possibilities and scenarios, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.
“There are many parameters, for now it’s premature to talk about it. Anthony will speak later to discuss all of this.
“Manchester United want to extend Anthony's contract and do not want him to leave but we haven’t found an agreement despite several months of negotiations.
"I think that when Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world it must be remembered, do not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is because they do really want to make him an important player.
Martial set to leave Man Utd
"Manchester United will have the last word and that we will respect the decision of the club, he will go to the end of its commitment.”
In other words, it's looking highly unlikely that Martial will pull on a United jersey next season.
Across three seasons at Old Trafford, the French winger has become something of a fan's favourite but hasn't kicked on since a flying debut campaign under Louis van Gaal.
The frontrunners to sign Martial
Martial has struggled for game-time alongside Jose Mourinho, even more so since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, and many supporters believe he has been harshly treated.
What's next for the 22-year-old, though?
Well, the Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham and Juventus are the frontrunners for his signature.
Both clubs are long-term admirers of Martial and Mauricio Pochettino is particularly keen on securing a deal in his search for a supporting act to Harry Kane.
Sky Sports have also reiterated reports that Tottenham are poised for a transfer after this week's comments.
Arsenal were interested in a move for Martial when Alexis Sanchez left the club in January, but there is no indication that the Gunners will renew their chase.
However, Tottenham and Juventus could still face hot competition for his signature.
Lamboley went onto say: “I can’t say anything at the moment, but clearly, from the moment a player like Anthony is on the market, many clubs are interested. All I can say is that many coaches appreciate his talents and many clubs are proposing their projects to Anthony.
“The league isn’t the most important issue. Anthony simply wants to play, rediscover the pleasure of football and the rapport with the coach will be crucial.”
It's just a matter of time before the bids start raining in.
Who do you think Martial will sign for this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.
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