Barcelona ‘are in talks with Man United over swap deal for Anthony Martial that would see Ousmane Dembele arrive at Old Trafford’ as the Catalans need to trim wage bill after Ferran Torres’s arrival
- Anthony Martial has struggled for game time at Manchester United this season
- The 26-year-old has made just seven league appearances so far this season
- Barcelona need to trim their wage bill in order to register signing Ferran Torres
- The Catalans ‘are exploring’ a swap deal to offload forward Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona are in talks with Manchester United over a potential swap deal for Anthony Martial, according to reports.
The Frenchman is believed to be one of the Red Devils in contention to leave Old Trafford in January.
The 26-year-old has made just seven league appearances this season, with only two coming as starts, and has not featured for United since a two-minute cameo against Arsenal at the beginning of December.
Barcelona are ‘in talks’ with Manchester United over a loan deal for Anthony Martial (left)
However, United have reportedly rebuffed an offer from Sevilla who approached the Premier League side over a loan deal which would see them pay half of Martial’s wages, according to The Mirror.
But with Barcelona reportedly in the mix, the Red Devils could find a suitable deal to offload one of their highest earners.
The Catalans recently secured the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City but the Spaniard’s move could eventually cost the club as much as £54m.
Ferran Torres’s Barcelona move could eventually cost the Catalan side as much as £54million
Barcelona’s signing of Torres adds further financial strain onto the club’s well-documented difficulties, meaning they would have to part ways with current players to fund further attacking reinforcements.
Former United forward has already been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp despite only arriving in summer, while Ousmane Dembele is reportedly also among those who could be on the move.
United are said to have previously shown interest in Dembele which could pave the way for a January exchange for the two clubs.
United’s previous interest in Ousmane Dembele could pave the way for a January swap deal
Xavi’s side are reportedly exploring the option of a swap deal that would see the two France internationals head in opposite directions.
Dembele is in the final few months of the deal he signed upon his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and with Barcelona needing to trim their wage bill in order to register Torres, they could look to offload the Frenchman.
Blaugrana boss Xavi remains hopeful that Dembele will agree to a new Barcelona deal on reduced terms but if the 24-year-old fails to agree a new deal and January move could be on the cards to prevent Barcelona losing him for free in summer.