It was reported by us that Manchester United have agreed personal terms with AS Monaco starlet who is 19-year-old Frenchman – Anthony Martial. Now, according to the reliable RMC, he will sign for a fee of €80m (€60m plus €20m bonuses).
Anthony Martial will become the most expensive French footballer of all time & the 5th most expensive player of all time with this deal.
Manchester United have got another major boost to sign the highly rated French striker as Sky Sports reports that The French FA have given Monaco striker Anthony Martial permission to leave national team base to talk to Manchester United.
This is the official statement released by the French FA regarding the breaking news of Manchester United target Anthony Martial.
They said: “Anthony Martial was presented Monday at 11:00 at the gathering of the France team at Clairefontaine. He requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United.
“Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has acceded to the request of the player.
“Anthony Martial left Clairefontaine Monday at 12:00. He will return on Tuesday morning.”
With Javier Hernandez expected to complete a move to Bayer Leverkusen before the Bundesliga transfer window closes on Monday evening, United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to add at least one forward to his squad to replace the departing Mexican.
Chelsea was also interested in the French young sensation and made a bid worth €55 million for him few days ago which was reported by AS.
And well-placed sources in France on Sunday night reported that United have contacted Monaco over the highly-rated French youngster Martial, who has just earned his first call-up into Didier Deschamps’ France squad.
Martial moved to Monaco from Lyon in a deal worth just £3.6m two years ago, but the youngster has scored 11 goals in 43 appearances for Leonardo Jardim’s club and is currently rated as one of the most exciting prospects in world football.
Martial, who was previously a target for Tottenham, has played at every level from Under-16 to Under-21 for France. Spurs were interested in a deal worth around £18m for Martial back in June.
Monaco, who were eliminated from the Champions League by Valencia last week, are ready to reject United’s attempts to sign Martial.
But talks between the two clubs are expected to continue on Monday, with United having done business with Monaco on the final day of last summer’s transfer window by sealing the unsuccessful season-long loan deal for Radamel Falcao.
With Hernandez set to leave for Leverkusen, Van Gaal risks being left with just one senior striker in Wayne Rooney if he fails to add to his squad before Tuesday’s 6 pm transfer deadline.
Rooney extended his Premier League goalless streak to ten games during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea, while home-grown forward James Wilson has yet to appear for United this season.
United aborted a move for Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez earlier this month, prior to the player signing for Chelsea while long-running efforts to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid have proved unsuccessful.