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striker move Manchester United's big demand is met as Anthony Martial signs for Sevilla


Anthony Martial looks to be heading to Spain. Photo: PA Wire

Anthony Martial looks to be heading to Spain. Photo: PA Wire

Anthony Martial looks to be heading to Spain. Photo: PA Wire

Anthony Martial is on his way to Sevilla after Manchester United secured a key agreement in negotiations.

French striker Martial informed United last month that he wanted to leave in the January transfer window, after his poor form ensured he slipped a long way down the pecking order of strikers for manager Ralf Rangnick.

Martial's has struggled to live up to his billing after initially making a big impact at United following his arrival in the summer of 2015.

He arrived with clauses in his contract that would ensure his former club Monaco would receive extra payments if Martial won the Ballon d'Or during his time at United, but that fantasy seems a distant dream now.

While United have always been willing to allow Martial to leave this month, the key sticking point in negotiations was their insistence that they wanted all of his lavish wages covered by the other club.

There are suggestions that Martial agreed to a wage reduction on his £240,000-a-week salary to secure the move, but he will be back at United next summer as the club are keen to allow their next permanent manager to make a decision on his long-term future.

Sevilla were initially reluctant to agree to that condition, but it seems a deal has now been struck that will see Martial head to Spain in a loan deal that will run until the end of the season.

Sevilla's official club statement read: "Sevilla FC and Manchester United FC have reached an agreement which will see Anthony Martial, born in Massy, France on 5th December 1995, join the club on loan until the end of the current season.

There are also suggestions that Jesse Lingard could leave United in the next week, with Newcastle United, West Ham and Tottenham all believed to have expressed an interest in the England winger.

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