Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has identified Manchester United’s Anthony Martial as a potential option to boost his forward ranks in the summer. The France international had an average season under Jose Mourinho last term as he managed just eight goals across all competitions.
According to The Mail, the Gunners boss has added the former Monaco man onto his radar as he looks to strengthen his striking options ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe has been the 67-year-old’s prime target for the summer transfer window, but he appears to be leaning towards a move to Real Madrid where he could link up with idol Zinedine Zidane.
As a result, the long-standing manager has tweaked his transfer targets with Anthony Martial and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, the latest names on his summer wishlist.
Arsenal have apparently entered negotiations with Lyon to pursue the signature of Lacazette this summer, but his transfer fee has yet to be resolved with the Ligue 1 outfit.
And this has switched Wenger’s attention towards Martial, who was thoroughly watched by the Gunners’ scouts prior to his deadline day switch to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015.
Martial has not progressed as he would have hoped with the Europa League holders with his second season evident of his struggles in Manchester.
The France international was largely confined to a left-wing role under Jose Mourinho, who opted to prefer the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford for the centre-forward position.
While Wenger would want to secure a £40m move for the French striker, Mourinho apparently stands in the way of any potential deal after having previously blocked Demba Ba’s transfer during his time at Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the Gunners boss is hoping to take the negotiations to board level by convincing the United hierarchy to accept a transfer fee for Martial, who is no longer a regular starter.
Martial has been ignored out of recent France squads, and next season would be key towards his dream of playing in the 2018 World Cup final held in Russia.
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