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Ed Woodward is refusing to sell Chelsea target Anthony Martial because Manchester United will owe his former club Monaco half of any profits from the sale, reports say.
French forward Martial arrived at Old Trafford in 2015 in a deal that is expected to rise to almost £60million with clauses still to be activated.
Despite showing glimpses of his immense potential, the 22-year-old has been unable to cement a regular place in Manchester United’s team.
Under Jose Mourinho, Martial has featured for just 60 minutes this season and has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
But the Red Devils refused to sell Martial in the summer and will continue to do so as Woodward does not see any value in a sale.
The Sun say Monaco are due half of any profit from Martial’s potential transfer, leaving Woodward reluctant to sanction his departure.
A section of the Manchester United hierarchy also remain convinced that Martial will eventually come good at the Theatre of Dreams.
But he looks set to remain on the sidelines up until January, when he may be loaned to a European club to regain some much-needed confidence and game-time.
Martial’s loss of form at Man United led to him being left out of France’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, which they won.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce said last month that Martial was not good enough for United and that the club should be looking to sell the Frenchman.
‘You’d look at Louis van Gaal who brought in Martial and it doesn’t matter who the manager is, Martial isn’t good enough for Manchester United,’ he told beIN Sports.
‘If you want to be super critical and look at the players he’s got. He is not the player they thought they were getting.
‘There was a chance where you get a very big young talent for £50million. But we are in his third season and he is no better than when he first came.
‘He should have progressed. He should be as good as Leroy Sane and people like that. That’s not Jose’s fault.’