Man Utd accepted to swap Dalot and Martial for the ‘Ghost Rider’ of the French team

January 21, 2023

Man Utd accepted to swap Dalot and Martial for the ‘Ghost Rider’ of the French team

Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot have been proposed as makeweights for the AC Milan star.

If certain claims out of Italy are to be accepted, Manchester United may have their sights set on AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez. This information comes from Italy.

According to Calcio Mercato Web, the Red Devils are allegedly planning a move for the summer and have their eyes on the star player now playing for France.

The Italian publication reports that United intends to provide Hernandez’s value in the form of a swap deal, thereby providing a ‘two for one’ deal for the player. This would mean that United would receive two players in exchange for Hernandez.

It has been speculated that Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial will serve as makeweights in the deal. Dalot had previously spent a year on loan with the Rossoneri.

And with reports indicating that Hernandez’s club values him at approximately €60 million, that offer would be tempting for Milan to consider.

However, considering that both players are set to become free agents at the conclusion of the 2019–20 campaign for Manchester United – not to mention Martial’s weekly earnings of £250,000 – the club would need to come up with some additional capital in order to make a deal work.

All of that seems to be a very remote possibility for a variety of reasons.

To begin, swap trades are extremely uncommon because of the difficulty involved in completing them; this difficulty is multiplied threefold when there are three parties participating in the transaction.

Second, it would be a very weird move to release Dalot following his resurgence while he was under Erik ten Hag’s tutelage. This is especially true considering that the player himself seems enthusiastic about renewing his contract with the club after enjoying his increase in form.

Next up would be Anthony Martial, who, despite his struggles with injuries, would be Ten Hag’s only option at center forward come June, when Wout Weghorst’s loan from Burnley comes to an end. Weghorst was on loan to the club from Burnley.

And finally, from a squad building point of view, it makes absolutely no sense to trade the only right back the manager has ever trusted for an extended period of time in exchange for a left back. Additionally, the trade would involve the manager giving up the one striker he possesses.

Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are both solid possibilities at left defender, and while Theo Hernandez is definitely world class when he’s on his game, he simply does not play in a position that this Manchester United team needs to be spending money – and players – on.