Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to offer Anthony Martial £45m deal?

Despite all its rage today’s tell-all is still just a rat in a cage

In taking the step of suspending a CNN reporter who aggressively questioned him from attending his daily attempts to mislead, insult and bully the press [You mean briefings? – Sport Ed.], the Rumour Mill couldn’t help but notice that Donald Trump had opted for a tactic straight out of the Alex Ferguson playbook and wondered what the former Manchester United manager and occasional socialist would have made of it all. We wondered too what Fergie would have made of Wednesday night’s events in Turin, when United masterminded victory over their old enemy Juventus, with victory being secured at that death; that fabled period of the game known as “Fergie time”.

Oh yes, we imagine a wry smile was playing around the lips of his Lordship, the same kind that flickered across our own countenance when we saw the big speculation of the day pertained to United and meant we could build up to it with this meandering, fairly pointless space-consuming riff. Having appeared to have no future whatsoever at the club as recently as last August, Anthony Martial is about to be offered a new five-year deal worth £45m to the young Frenchman. While United have to option to extend his current deal by another year when it expires at the end of next season, they’d prefer to go all-in and nail down something more long-term before he falls out with José Mourinho again. United are also interested in signing Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton, while Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen is another man on their radar.

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