Anthony Martial: Man Utd striker joins Sevilla on loan until summer

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has completed a loan move to Sevilla until the end of the season.

There is no option to buy and no loan fee, but the Spanish club will cover the striker's wages.

The Frenchman, 26, has been targeted by Sevilla for a number of months.

Upon completing the deal Sevilla tweeted they had signed "a luxury reinforcement" and "a very special gift" for fans on what was the club's 132nd anniversary.

It is thought Martial has indicated a willingness to take a pay cut to allow the deal to go through.

Martial, who joined from Monaco for £36m in 2015, had told Ralf Rangnick he wanted a change of scenery despite playing for the first time under the club's interim manager in Saturday's 1-0 win over West Ham.

After the victory Rangnick said it was Martial's "wish to leave" and, while he was aware he was "one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the club "have other players in his position".

Martial has made 11 United appearances this season, scoring a single goal, against Everton on 2 October.

Sevilla are challenging for the La Liga title and currently second in the table, four points behind leaders Real Madrid with 16 games remaining.

Martial is one of a number of United players with uncertain futures.

Jesse Lingard is still wanted by Newcastle, although BBC Sport has been told reports the Magpies have offered a £10m loan fee for the England international, whose contract expires in the summer, are wide of the mark.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 24, is also looking to try to find regular football after losing out to David de Gea in the battle to be United's number one.

The Premier League winter transfer window closes at 23:00 GMT on 31 January.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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