Manchester United are very close to completing the signing of 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial. The Monaco striker has been linked with various clubs this summer including Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, but the teenager is set to sign for Manchester United for a fee of around £36 million – making him the most expensive teenager in footballing history.
The news has broken after France coach Didier Deschamps revealed he had allowed the Frenchman to travel to England and complete a deal with the Manchester club.
“Anthony Martial asked France coach Didier Deschamps for permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United.” a statement from the French Football Federation has confirmed.
“He’ll return [to international duty] on Tuesday morning.”
The 19-year-old is one of the worlds hottest prospects after bursting onto the scenes with Monaco over the last couple of years. Last season the youngster played a relatively big part in Monaco’s team, scoring 11 goals in all competitions. Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said Martial was “untransferable”, after the youngster penned a new deal with the club last month.
Martial has represented France at almost every level and most recently got a call up to the senior squad. On calling up Martial to the senior France squad, Deschamps said:
“He plays centrally, but often drifts into wide positions, more on the left than the right.”
“He’s got a good combination of pace and power. He’s a young player obviously, but he’s got an interesting profile in an area where it’s not easy to find players with both strength and speed.”
“He’s got good potential and I want to see how he does with the squad”.
Martial has started the new season well for Monaco, scoring a goal and helping with two assists for the French side so far this season.
[All quotes via ia BBC Sport]