Thursday, December 8

Juventus list Anthony Martial on backup list for target Dusan Vlahovic

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Juventus have added Manchester United outcast Anthony Martial to their five-man shortlist of strikers seen as back-ups for priority target Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports.

The Old Lady view the Serbia international as their number one target but could face a challenge to lure him to the Allianz Stadium with a number of Premier League clubs said to be circling.

A number of Europe’s elite have declared an interest in the 21-year-old, including Atletico Madrid and Tottenham, with Arsenal prepared to offer Fiorentina £68million.

Max Allegri has drawn up a back-up plan in case his side don’t bag the striker, which features Martial, according to Calciomercato via The Mirror

The Frenchman has endured a miserable start to the season at Old Trafford, making just seven appearances across all competitions, failing to complete the full 90 minutes in a single one. 

His solitary goal came in United’s draw with Everton that triggered their recent slump. 

Martial’s wife even publicly called out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his omission of the forward from last week’s match day squad, implying the United boss had lied about the 25-year-old suffering from an injury. 

Now Martial could see Juventus as his escape route to rejuvenate his stalling career. 

But Solskjaer insists Martial’s future remains at Old Trafford, explaining in August: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if other teams targeted Anthony because he is a very good player.

‘I have no plans whatsoever for him to play against us. Anthony has come back strong and hungry, with the determination to prove his fitness and his quality.

‘Last season was a difficult and disappointing one for him and you can see that little bit of grit between his teeth again.’

Martial is joined by fellow Premier League talisman Alexandre Lacazette who could switch north London for Turin. 

Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Serie B side Pisa’s Lorenzo Lucca also make the list, as well as Mauro Icardi, who is reportedly being courted by Chelsea. 

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