3 Lyon stars Manchester United should try to trade for Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial’s time at Manchester United seems to be running out. Sky Sports reported that Martial wanted to leave Old Trafford in January and now is the right time to move on.
Martial is no longer in favor, having started just two Premier League games this season. In the midst of injuries and the competition for places, there is simply no longer a need.
There has not yet been a rush of clubs making offers to sign him, with his high salaries at United potentially complicating any move.
According to French media RMC Sport, the Lyon Ligue 1 team are interested – albeit most likely in a loan.
Lyon could be a good move for Martial, a club where he could play regularly. They helped stabilize Memphis Depay’s career after his stint at Old Trafford turned sour.
United may need to get a little creative. Potentially, Martial could be used in a swap deal, essentially waiving any transfer fees for the forward, with a player moving to Old Trafford instead.
Here’s a look at three players United should try to trade with Lyon in a trade for Martial …
Bruno Guimaraes is a defensive midfielder who would fill a needed position at Manchester United, while Martial plays a role where the club is overloaded.
Guimaraes, 24, is averaging 2.1 tackles per game in Ligue 1 this season, and he’s also good with the ball, which matches Ralf Rangnick’s forward passing style.
FBRef.com reports that Guimaraes has played 118 passes in the penalty area this season, the highest of any Ligue 1 player.
Off the ball he ranks fourth among all players for successful presses, and the Brazilian could be an ideal improvement over Nemanja Matic.
Maxence Caqueret, 21, is a promising midfielder who could develop under Rangnick’s leadership. Caqueret averages 1.8 tackles per game.
FBRef.com reports that Caqueret ranks in the top three percent of the top five players in Europe’s top five leagues for off-ball pressure, a key trait Rangnick looks for in his players.
Caqueret’s age and profile might appeal to the new United boss, and Lyon might be more likely to accept his departure than Guimaraes.
Rayan Cherki was considered one of the best young players in Europe two years ago, with The Independent reporting that United tried to sign him at 16.
The teenager did not start as Lyon had hoped, with only two starts in Ligue 1 this season and a handful of substitutes.
With Martial a French international, Lyon could be ready to let Cherki go to land the United star, while the Red Devils would bet on the teenager’s potential.
There is plenty of time for the 18-year-old to do well, and Rangnick would appreciate the opportunity to work with him.
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