Manchester United are not ready to sell Anthony Martial because of the agreement they have in place with Monaco.
Martial joined United from Monaco in 2015 in a contract that possibly will be worth up to £57m after add-ons.
But the player has struggled under Jose Mourinho, who was all set to sell him this summer with interest from Chelsea, Tottenham, and Juventus.
The Sun reports that United will NOT sell Martial owing to an agreement with the French side which would see them owe 50% of any profit made on Martial.
Martial’s contract runs out in 2019 but United have the choice of triggering a one-year extension and are expected to use it regardless of his discontent.
They have already opened talks with the forward over a new longer deal, but negotiations are stalling.
In the summer Martial’s agent divulged he was preparing to leave but United refused to let him go.
The 22-year-old was then fined for not returning to the pre-season training camp in the USA after the birth of his baby.
But Ed Woodward believes he can be part of the club’s future and is concerned about letting him go to a rival and seeing him do well elsewhere.
Martial has been linked with a loan move in January to build up his playing time with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard ahead of him in Mourinho’s eyes.
But United are not likely to sign a move away off at all out of a fright of looking unwise should he fulfill his talent at another club.
Mourinho has been burnt by selling players like Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah too early before, and United are keen not to repeat his mistakes.
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