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From Italy: AC Milan monitoring potential Anthony Martial transfer

by Leo Nieboer

AC Milan have lined up Anthony Martial as their primary transfer target for the remainder of the transfer window, according to reports from Italy.

Martial was heavily linked with a move to Juventus following his agent’s claim in June that he wanted to leave Manchester United following a difficult campaign under Jose Mourinho.

His early departure from pre-season to attend the birth of his child sparked further friction surrounding a potential move away but the club – now unable to find a replacement – is deeply reluctant to sell.

But according to Italian media outlet La Repubblica, AC Milan, having already signed Gonzalo Higuain this summer, are now turning to Martial in a bid to bolster their attack.

The Italian transfer deadline for signing players, unlike in Spain or Germany or France, closes on Friday and therefore gives them limited time to work on a deal for Martial.

Perhaps clubs have been given hope by Mourinho’s apparent desire – as reported in many places – to get rid of Martial, but this has been heavily twisted. The Portuguese only wanted Martial gone in order to make way for a player like Willian or Ante Rebic. Now that no replacements have been signed, Mourinho will no doubt be militantly against letting a player of the 22-year-old’s calibre leave over the next week.

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