To say Manchester United’s problems are limited to the field would be an utter understatement, as they also have contract situations to look after. For the starters, stars like David De Gea and Anthony Martial see their current contract expiring at the end of the season and the hierarchy hasn’t made any notable progress over the same.
Everything is seeming stable on De Gea’s part, but similar cannot be stated over Martial’s situation. According to Manchester Evening News (M.E.N), manager Jose Mourinho was open to selling Martial over the summer, which was followed by a firm interest from Chelsea and Tottenham. But the lack of serious bid from the suitors ended the speculations and the player stayed put.
Having endured a difficult start under Mourinho, Martial has finally found a stable footing and is arguably United’s most in-form player, having scored five goals in his past four Premier League games. Martial is in his final year with Manchester United, although the Devils do have an option of extending his stay to another year.
The negotiations between the club and the two players, however, has been stalled, with the agents using Alexis Sanchez’s salary as a major hindrance. According to the Daily Mirror, De Gea – who currently earns £175,000-a-week – is of the belief that he deserves nothing less than £300,000-a-week due to his stature of being the one of the best goalkeepers of the world.
Martial – who has already rejected one offer from the club – earns £70,000-a-week currently and although United are willing to double his wages, he seem to have no interest in signing the deal. Mourinho, on his part, has already mentioned he wants to stay, but the wages seem to have been creating a lot of issues.