Anthony Martial agrees Sevilla loan move to pave way for Manchester United exit

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Anthony Martial - PA
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Anthony Martial is due to undergo a medical with Sevilla on Tuesday ahead of completing a six-month loan move from Manchester United.

After weeks of haggling between the clubs, United are understood to have waived a loan fee for Martial but Sevilla will cover all of the France striker’s wages.

It has been suggested Martial was prepared to take a cut to his £200,000-a-week salary to help push a deal through.

There is not believed to be an option in the loan agreement for Sevilla to buy the 26 year-old permanently in the summer.

United are due to appoint a new permanent manager at the end of the season and he will be given the chance to make a call on Martial’s longer-term future at Old Trafford.

United’s players have been granted some time off this week with the international break and Martial, who is currently in Paris, is set to travel to Spain on Tuesday to have a medical and put the finishing touches to the deal.

Sevilla are chasing a first La Liga title for 76 years and coach Julen Lopetegui, who has been linked with the permanent manager’s job at United, has been eager to add Martial to his ranks to give his side more firepower in their push for glory.

Martial has been seeking a move for the past 12 months in search of more regular football and a fresh start.

A war of words ignited between Martial and Ralf Rangnick this month when the player refuted the interim manager’s claims that he had refused to be part of the squad for the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

The pair held talks the next day and Rangnick said the matter had been resolved, despite the German refusing to back down from his claims.

Martial made his first appearance for United since early December when he was introduced as a second-half substitute against West Ham on Saturday and played a part in setting up a dramatic stoppage-time winner by Marcus Rashford.

He missed the final two months of last season through injury and fell further down the pecking order in the summer following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.

This season has been marred by more injuries and a lack of opportunities, with just two league starts to his name.

Martial - who has 79 goals in 268 appearances for United - joined the club from Monaco in 2015 for a fee that eventually reached £44 million. But he has largely struggled to fulfil his promise under four different managers, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick.

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