Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is open to allowing Anthony Martial to leave for Barcelona in exchange for Ivan Rakitic, according to reports from Daily Star. Additionally, Anthony Martial has also been linked recently in transfer rumors with Barcelona.
Rakitic had reportedly been unhappy under Valverde's managerial predecessor Luis Enrique, but seemingly has no intention of leaving or being sold with regular game time for his club at present. United need Pogba back, not just because he can be brilliant, but because the rest of the midfield appear to be dropping like flies, which have been pushed over by a serial bully.
Mourinho will attempt to persuade Barcelona to part with the Croatia global by offering Martial in exchange, but there are major question marks over the validity of such a swap.
They bagged injured winger Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a hefty £138m deal, with £97m paid up front.
Arsene Wenger reckons the French winger is a ideal replacement when Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal.
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With Calum Chambers also sidelined through injury it could mean Arsenal go into the Watford match without four senior defenders. The former Schalke 04 man has made six appearances in all competitions during the current campaign.
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This is a hard question, we do need to have good players in our squad, and he is certainly one of the cheaper options. Asked whether Wilshere had to leave in January to make the squad, Wenger replied: "I don't' think so".
Martial was brought in from Monaco in a £36m deal in 2015, which could rise to £58m.
Arsenal may need to break the £50m barrier to land him but Wenger is willing to invest in the right player.
Understandably, questions have been raised regarding how much longer the talented youngster will be happy to act as a "super-sub" of sorts, after he missed out on Didier Deschamps' most recent France squad for Les Bleus' World Cup qualifiers with Bulgaria and Belarus.
Up next for Martial's United is a Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday (12:30pm).