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Manchester United eyeing Martial-Rakitic swap with Barcelona

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Kristopher Love | 12 October, 2017, 19:09

However, despite the report, Martial has been in fine form for Manchester United so far this season, even if he has not been able to hold down a regular spot in the first team.

However, Martial has managed just one Premier League start this season, despite scoring five goals and assisting five more in nine appearances across all competitions, leading to claims he is looking for a move away from Old Trafford.

He's now in a position battle with Marcus Rashford, where both young attackers are very much flourishing.

Gunners ace Alexis Sanchez looks nearly certain to leave the Emirates next summer for nothing, as he continues to run down his contract with the north London giants.

Mourinho is said to be a very keen admirer of Rakitic's abilities and claims are being made that the United boss will offer up the services of Martial in order to land the Croatian global.

But while Martial has emerged as a top target for the Gunners as a replacement for Sanchez, the player himself does not seem interested in the move, as he is happy at Manchester United and settled well in the city with his partner. Additionally, Anthony Martial has also been linked recently in transfer rumors with Barcelona.

Martial considered the possibility of a loan move to Sevilla midway through last season but Mourinho was determined to keep hold of the young forward.

It's led to speculation over Martial's long-term future and the Express carried a report over the weekend that claimed Arsenal had seen an opening offer knocked back by United for his signature.

The 21-year-old has been dropping eye catching performances when he has gotten the chance but it seems it has not been enough to impress Jose Mourinho.