Towards the end of December, reports from Spain stated that Sevilla ‘launched the first attempt’ to sign Manchester United’s Anthony Martial in the winter market.

The La Liga side proposed a loan deal until the end of the season and offered to pay half of the forward’s salary [€8m net per year]. The Red Devils rejected it and demanded Julen Lopetegui’s side pay the player’s full wages and also offer a loan fee.

Fast forward to January 11th January and Marca now claims that Monchi, the Spanish side’s sporting director, has not been in contact with either Manchester United or the 26-year-old’s agent since their first offer was turned down.

The Premier League side ‘remain inflexible’ and are demanding Julen Lopetegui’s side take care of his full salary. On top of this, United are also asking for a fee. Sevilla cannot afford to meet these demands.

Martial is keen to leave Old Trafford and his desire to change clubs was confirmed by his agent last month. However, ‘not even the own player’s request’ to let him join Sevilla has seen United lower their claims.

Marca adds that United’s firm position has forced Monchi and Sevilla to look at other options to bolster their attack this month.

As things stand, the option to sign the Frenchman has been ruled out by Lopetegui’s side. The situation could only change if United soften their stance.