Does Willian hold the key to Tottenham landing Anthony Martial?

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian applauds fans after winning the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Chelsea at the John Smith's stadium in...

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Willian this summer, and any deal could have massive implications for Tottenham Hotspur.

Willian of Chelsea is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of Chelsea star Willian, having brought the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge in 2013, and recent reports from Sky Sports claim Manchester United are likely to revisit that interest this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile have made Anthony Martial their priority target this summer (the Sun), as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of next term, and their chances of landing the Frenchman could relate directly to the Brazilian international.

Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England.

Mourinho is said to be keen to keep Martial from moving to a direct rival in the Premier League (Daily Mail), but he has always maintained that if a player really wants a move and the money is right, that he will not stand in their way.

The most recent proof of this comes in the form of his sale of two-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Juan Mata, to his current club in 2014.

The Red Devils are currently stacked in depth on the left wing, with Marcus Rashford often struggling to start games over January signing Alexis Sanchez, but width wide-right is scarce and Willian would instantly improve the team's balance.

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (C) gestures to Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian as he comes off during the English FA Cup quarter final football match between...

The manager is unlikely to let Martial leave the club if reinforcements are not brought in, and currently Willian represents the only realistic attacking option being touted as a potential to join Old Trafford this summer.

Although the manager would prefer the Frenchman went abroad, if he asked for the move to north London, Willian's transfer to United would undoubtedly improve Mauricio Pochettino's chances of securing his key target.

Martial has been shunted out to the right following Sanchez's arrival but he is unlikely to get many chances even in an unfavoured position if Willian arrives.

So expect Tottenham to be watching the situation closely, with a place in their starting XI almost certain if Martial arrives.

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