Anthony Martial's time at Manchester United could easily have come to an end this summer.
The French winger has not flourished under Jose Mourinho at he club.
Although he featured 45 times last season, many of those appearances were from the bench and Martial was believed to be unhappy with his game time.
And those suspicions were confirmed when his agent, Philippe Lamboley, admitted in the summer that Martial wanted to leave the club.
"After thinking about all the possibilities and scenarios, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United," Lamboley told RMC Sport, per Sky Sports.
"There are many scenarios. For now, it's premature to talk about it. Anthony will speak later to explain all of this.
"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 not really want to make him an important member of the team.
"That's the root of this decision. It is a well-considered decision.
"We do not share the same vision for Anthony's future. Today, Anthony is disappointed because he has shown for three seasons the love he has for the club and its supporters."
That fuelled rumours of a move away, with Tottenham and Chelsea just two of the clubs linked with the Frenchman.
However, by the time the transfer window closed on August 9, Martial was still a Man United player.
But why was that the case?
Reports have already emerged suggesting that Mourinho was willing to sell Martial, but the Man Utd hierarchy would not let him leave as they were aware of his potential.
And another reason has now been revealed why they have no intention of selling him anywhere in Europe.
The Sun writes that Man United are refusing to sell outcast Anthony Martial because they would owe 50% of the profits to Monaco.
Signed for £44.5million, United believe that selling him would simply not make economic sense.
But while they are not willing to sell Martial, the Sun goes on to state that they are considering letting him leave on loan in January to a foreign club in order to hand Martial some game time and protect their asset.
That's surely not bound to go down well with United fans - with many thinking he is is good enough to play at United.
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