Manchester United are reportedly prepared to sell Anthony Martial now that they've landed Jadon Sancho.
The French forward has failed to hit the heights expected of him when United beat off competition to agree a £58million deal with Monaco back in 2015.
After a difficult spell under Jose Mourinho, Martial has struggled to cement his place as United's lead striker, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now appearing to have lost patience with the 25-year-old.
The United boss has long insisted Martial can become the main man at United, but he has so far failed to deliver.
Martial scored just seven times last season and has slipped down the pecking order behind Edinson Cavani, while United are keen to bring in another big-name striker next summer.
He is contracted to United until 2024, but Solskjaer is now willing to listen to offers, with Tottenham interested in a move.
The Star report that United value Martial at around £50million, but could struggle to offload him due to his hefty £250,000-per-week salary.
It is thought Solskjaer is planning to launch a strong bid to sign Erling Haaland when his release clause comes into play next season, and shifting Martial off the wage bill for a fee in return would be a timely boost for United's finances.
Cavani is also likely to depart next summer, meaning there is no pressure on Solskjaer to offload Martial, but with Sancho now providing further competition for places, chances are going to be limited.
However, speaking after United's 4-2 friendly defeat to QPR on Saturday, Solskjaer hinted he is not expecting Martial to leave this summer.
Asked what Sancho's arrival will do for the club, Solskjaer replied: "It shows the fans that we mean business.
"We hope that we've got one of the best forwards in England for the next 10, 12 years. We've got Marcus [Rashford] – 23, we've got Mason [Greenwood] who is a young lad.
"So we have got an English core there and then we've got the added experience with Edinson, Anthony, Bruno [Fernandes], Jesse [Lingard] is coming back.
"So I think the forward line is looking really good."
Martial was not involved in the clash at Loftus Road as he is still recovering from the knee injury which kept him out of last season's run-in, including the Europa League final.
Greenwood led the line in attack, flanked by Lingard – who scored the opener – and youngster Facundo Pellistri.
Solskjaer also handed minutes to academy attacking prospects Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga – all of whom are pushing for a role in the senior set-up.
Despite the disappointing defeat to QPR, Solskjaer insisted United's youngsters "can learn from the experience" and highlighted the importance of his side hitting the ground running when the season finally gets going.
“Every season we hope to challenge to win in every competition we go into,” he said.
“To get to a position where you're able to challenge for the trophies, you need to start the season well. That's the focus now.
“We need to get a good start in the first game, and the first block of games, because last season we started really poorly. Then the team will gradually find out where we are, but we're hoping to go into next April and May and challenge for big things.”
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