Manchester United are hopeful Anthony Martial will sign new five-year contract but no deal struck yet

Manchester United are hopeful Anthony Martial will sign new five-year contract but no deal struck yet

Manchester United remain hopeful of tying Anthony Martial to a new five-year contract but have yet to reach an agreement with the France forward.

United are making progress in discussions with Martial and his agent, Philippe Lamboley, but talks are continuing and no deal has been struck yet.

Lamboley said last month that an agreement was “nowhere near” and that he was “very pessimistic about discussions going positively” after revealing that United had made several offers that were well short of the player’s demands.

United have already invoked an option to extend Martial’s existing contract by 12 months to the end of next season but they want the 23-year-old to commit his long-term future.

Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month has helped matters – the former manager wanted to sell Martial last summer only for his wish to be vetoed by the board – and the Frenchman has since been liberated under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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