English Premier League holders Chelsea have not started their campaign to retain their title brightly. They had drawn 2-2 with Swansea on the opening day and lost 3-0 to Manchester City. After poor results, they have started to reinforce their squad and signed Pedro from Barcelona.
They are now trying to carry on their improvement by signing Monaco young sensation Anthony Martial and launched €55m offer, according to Spanish paper The AS.
Martial has attracted a lot of interest from European heavyweights, following his impressive season with Monaco last year and was rumoured to be on his way to Valencia.
It was reported that Martial’s representatives were present at the Mestalla last summer when it seemed like the French sensation would leave Monaco. However, the transfer never quite materialized.
The 19-year-old Frenchman joined Monaco in 2013 and he has become a first-team regular for the club, scoring 12 goals in all competitions; Martial also has a goal and two assists in four matches so far this season.
There were rumours on Wednesday night that Chelsea director Michael Emanalo had been at the match to watch Valencia play Monaco, although that is unconfirmed. It’s also impossible to know which players he may have been watching.
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.
Although AS are a credible source, it is strange that Chelsea would offer such a huge sum of money for someone so young and unproven.
Martial’s talent and ability is undoubted and in the right environment he could well grow into a world class forward in the next few years.
But paying €55m for him at this point of time seems unlikely from Jose Mourinho, who are usually very prudent in the market.
Chelsea are looking to sign goalscorers, but after sealing the Pedro transfer from Barcelona it is highly unlikely that Jose Mourinho will splash such a huge sum of money on Martial.
Especially with their defensive problems and the ridiculous demands from Everton for John Stones.