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Anthony Martial leaving Manchester United for Sevilla on loan


Manchester United have agreed to loan Anthony Martial to Sevilla for the rest of the season, with the Spanish club paying a fee of about €6m (£5m) and covering the forward’s £150,000-a-week salary.

Martial is due to fly to Spain to complete the transfer after pushing for a move in search of more game time. He came on as a late substitute in Saturday’s win over West Ham for his first appearance since early December.

The 26-year-old drew interest from a number of other clubs, including Tottenham and Newcastle, but Sevilla were his first choice. They are second in La Liga, four points behind Real Madrid. There is no option for them to buy Martial, who has a contract with United to 2024.

Martial’s desire to leave United was outlined by his agent, Philippe Lamboley, on 10 December and the interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, said this month that the France international “didn’t want to be” in the squad to face Aston Villa. Martial responded by saying he would never refuse to play for the club.

Meanwhile Newcastle are making a renewed attempt to sign Jesse Lingard, another fringe player at Old Trafford, on loan.



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