KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United is closing in on the transfer of Jadon Sancho
  • Transfer insider Duncan Castles bares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will sacrifice Anthony Martial for Sancho
  • Martial has been linked to a loan move to Real Madrid

A change in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forward pecking order is expected to happen, should Manchester United manage to complete the transfer of Jadon Sancho.

After years of attempting to land Sancho, Manchester United could be finally closing in on signing the Borussia Dortmund striker as both parties have reportedly agreed in terms.

Ahead of the looming sensational transfer, famed transfer insider Duncan Castles revealed that Red Devils boss will “sacrifice” Anthony Martial in order to make room for Sancho.

Castles suggested the recent underwhelming performances could surely prompt the Norwegian manager to give Martial a role as a backup if Manchester United will not sell him.

"Anthony Martial is to be sacrificed should they get this new forward [Sancho] in,” Castles said on “The Transfer Window” podcast. "[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer is tired of his attitude and hasn't been impressed with his goal production and general knitting into the team this season."

Martial’s future at Old Trafford has already been deemed uncertain since the new year.

An earlier report stated that some big “figures” at Manchester United are now considering dealing the Frenchman this summer.

What’s even more intriguing is that the Red Devils could use Martial’s possible departure to leverage a deal that could lead to the signing of Sancho.

“An interesting situation to look out for that could impact that pursuit surrounds the future of Anthony Martial. Sources believe there are figures at the club that would now be willing to consider serious offers for the player,” the report read.

At the moment, Martial is being linked to a shock loan move to La Liga side Real Madrid, according to a report obtained by Pundit Arena from “The Transfer Window” podcast.

If the report is to be accurate, Martial is being offered by Manchester United to Los Blancos on a season-long loan with a fee and an option to buy.

It is believed that the striker’s agent has been working on finding him a new club this summer following an underwhelming campaign with the Red Devils this past season, the report said.

Martial has been competing with a host of prolific strikers at Manchester United. Solskjaer has recently been in favor of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavan for the No. 9 position.

Things could possibly turn worse for Martial in terms of playing time once Sancho arrives.

This past season, Martial only scored six goals in 30 games for Manchester United across all competitions, a record far from his 17 goals last season in the English Premier League alone.

Dynamic duo: Anthony Martial (right) and Marcus Rashford (left) have both scored twice already this season Anthony Martial (right) and Marcus Rashford (left) Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS