Manchester United: Spanish giants chase forward; Southampton defender has release clause; loanee criticised

The club are aware that Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly preparing for a £60 million transfer battle for United striker Anthony Martial as the Frenchman grows increasingly unhappy at Old Trafford with his game time limited and after a suspected falling out with Jose Mourinho and the club, say the Mirror.

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Bosses at the club do not want to sell the former Monaco man but may be able to use him as a makeweight in a deal for playmaker James Rodriguez, which could persuade them to allow the Golden Boy 2015 winner to leave.

Ed Woodward and co. have also been alerted by reports suggesting that Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk has a £25 million release clause, according to the Sunday People. The Dutchman has been in fine form this season as he continues to earn plaudits.

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It’s believed that the centre-back is not Jose Mourinho’s first choice but that he may be tempted to settle for the 25-year-old at such a reasonable price and given his Premier League experience.

Former manager David Moyes has done the club a favour this season by taking young prospect Adnan Januzaj on loan at Sunderland this season, but the boss has hit out at the Belgian, saying:

“Adnan’s general fitness is low and I want more from him. But his goal in midweek showed his ability. If he wants to go back and play for Manchester United he has to show it here. How does he get recognised? Get the assists and the goals on the board. I know he has Manchester United quality so he has to show everyone at Sunderland he has got this. Adnan, if you are individual, what is it that you do? Cut in and shoot, get to the byline and cross. I wasn’t seeing either and I am not yet. We are needing good performances and good decisions and to score and make goals, but I do think Adnan is more than capable. He has great quality, great ability and I don’t think he has shown enough of it since he has been here.”

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The attacking midfielder has been relegated to the under 23s after playing just 31 minutes for the first team in their last nine matches since September.

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