MVP Martinez has huge transfer message for chasing Man United boss Mourinho
Shock Manchester United target Josef Martinez says he is in no rush to leave the States in search of a lucrative deal in Europe.
The Atlanta United striker has scored a record 31 goals in the 2018 season, and the Venezuelan hopes to cap a memorable season in the MLS Cup on Saturday against Portland Timbers.
His performances for the MLS side have earned speculation that he could make a move to Europe in the coming transfer windows, with a host of clubs from Spain, England and France all showing a keen interest.
United have been linked with a shock move as Jose Mourinho seeks to add back-up to unhappy striker Romelu Lukaku, who is not having the best of starts to the new season.
However, Martinez has stated that he is happy to stay at Atlanta and has no desire to seek a more lucrative offer from Europe, after being named the MLS most valuable player.
“I’ve said it before that I am going to be here as long as they want me,” Martinez told the league’s official website.
“I am happy here, I feel like I’m at home. I just want to say thank you to all the people at the club – the president, all the directors, everyone who works at the club from the security staff to the cooks in the kitchen, to even [club PR rep Justin Veldhuis], who I yell at when he asks me to do an interview, and everyone else at the club.”
Could Martinez be a decent back-up to Lukaku?
Lukaku is the type of striker that needs constant love from his boss to get the very best out of him, so the fact Mourinho is not that type of manager could be the main reason why he is struggling.
And going into the transfer market to spend around £100 million on a new striker would not help the Belgian, as he does not like too much of a competition for starts.
So if Mourinho wants to keep him happy then persuading Martinez to test himself in the big leagues could be a risk worth taking, especially as he would not cost too much money.