Exclusive: Man Utd's Martial won't stay at Sevilla 'even if they win EuroMillions'
The Manchester United attacker was signed during the January transfer window purely to bolster the side’s surprise pursuit of a La Liga title this season, with the club not looking to extend a further loan arrangement or make any permanent deal.
The 26-year-old, valued at €47m according to FootballTransfers’ sophisticated algorithm, is unattainable for the Spanish club owing to his high wages and the transfer fee his parent club will demand.
“Sevilla won’t buy Martial even if they win the EuroMillions,” a source close to the club told us.
“They are happy with him but they won’t sign him permanently.
“Any further deal is not in their plans at all - just these six months to help them challenge Real Madrid for the title.”
Sevilla currently pay of all Martial’s €300,000-per-week wages but are unable to fufil that in the long-term unless other major stars of theirs are sold off. In any case, this is something they are reluctant to do.
Martial, whose contract with Man Utd is up in 2024, had grown dissatisfied with the amount of playing time given to him under Ralf Rangnick and pushed for a move away in January, with Sevilla having their second bid accepted.
What’s next for United’s outcast Frenchman?
Martial might not have hit the heights the Ballon d’Or clause in his deal from Monaco might have suggested, but he’s still a very capable player.
Man Utd, who bought the star in 2015 for an initial €43m, will be handed the France international back in the summer. A lot of what lies ahead for the player depends on who takes over Rangnick’s role in the dugout, assuming, of course, the German isn’t still there himself
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been the name most heavily linked to the job - and this could bode well for Martial, who was a target of the Argentine’s when he was at Tottenham.
More recently, Newcastle, with their newfound wealth, were linked to Sevilla loanee - but Man Utd have shown a great reluctance in dealing with their Premier League rivals, as per Jesse Lingard’s collapsed move to the Magpies in January.
Arsenal have been linked too, but they pose the same threat to Man Utd as Newcastle.
It’s more than likely that Martial will find himself in Italy, perhaps at a side like struggling Juventus.
The Old Lady have the money required to pay the Red Devils in full. However, wages could be an issue in this instance too. Juventus' highest earner is on €8m per year - substantially less than Martial's Man Utd deal. A transfer may be possible if the player took a pay cut or if the Premier League side subsidised the deal.