Man Utd New Boy: Anthony Martial

First Bid

In the aftermath of Manchester United's defeat at the hands of Swansea FC, a few stories emerged from around the world of Manchester United bidding on players. The only rumour that seemed to have gathered any sort of magnanimous momentum is the story of the French & Monaco Wonder-kid, Anthony Martial. Manchester United's first attempts seemed to have consisted of a €50 Million offer for the 19 year old, and subsequently was instantly rejected by Monaco.

Second Bid Looming

Manchester United did not give up there and are putting together a staggering €57 Million for the player dubbed "the next Henry", Monaco have again rejected this bid and we understand that negotiations are firmly in progress as Ed Woodward wants to capture his man. Numerous sources have said that AS Monaco want Manchester United to pay in excess of €65 Million euros and throw in a player on a season long loan.

Le Parisien journalist saying AS Monaco want 60 million + Rojo on loan.

Anthony Martial Background

Having started out his career at Lyon, Martial made his professional debut in a Europa League match against Hapoel, this was back in 2012 and Martial had just enjoyed his 17th birthday on the previous day. In 2013, AS Monaco paid Lyon €5 Million for the privilege of adding Anthony Martial to their roster. Since joining Monaco in 2013, Martial has notched up 32 appearances and scored 11 goals.

13/14 Season (Domestic)
7 Apps 2 Goals 1 Assist (3 Sub - Apps)
14/15 Season (Domestic)
19 Apps 9 Goals 3 Assists (16 Sub - Apps)

Anthony Martial - Play style

Anthony Martial is a bit of an enigma, he rose quite prominently through the French National sides, being capped at U16/17/18/21 level right up until earlier this month when the French Coach Didier Deschamps included him in the squad for the upcoming International break. While most news outlets have got Martial down as a striker it is unfair to judge him as an out and out striker. Martial has played right across the front 3, he likes to pick the ball up on the wings and run at the defenders, sometimes cutting inside and finding the inside of the far post and other times just beating the defender and finding a man in the box. This season however, Martial has been deployed as a central striker for Monaco. He still sometimes drifts out wide to pick the ball up, providing that dangerous threat to the opposition as he is doing what he does best, bobbing and weaving.

Martial is very eloquent on the ball, very reminiscent of a young Thierry Henry, the type of Henry that we saw at France '98. He can throw a trick in when needed and the talent is there but he has a lot of raw potential. With the right head on his shoulders and the right coaching staff, Martial can become a very, very serious contender for the best French player of his generation. He has been turning heads since the age of 15 when he started playing for the France U16 & U17 teams. Martial has blistering pace, he can absolutely catch pidgeons which is testament to his athleticism.

Martial and Manchester United

First and foremost, Martial will be cup tied if he was to play in the Champions League. This is a strange scenario to be in if Man United are indeed to break the French transfer record for a teenager. It is clear to see that most of the top teams have been courting with the young French starlet and similarly to when Manchester United bought Cristiano Ronaldo, one more season maybe too long to wait and give other clubs the opportunity to pip them to the prize. You would have to say that Martial could fit quite easily into the Manchester United team. If Rooney was to drop back into the #10 position, Martial could occupy the central striker slot and latch on to any through balls deemed for him. Martial would also be very hand to have if Van Gaal wanted to change the dynamic of the team halfway through the match. At the drop of the hat, we could see Mata occupy #10, Rooney go up top and Martial play on the right wing.

Whilst there are a lot of reasoning, I think it is safe to say that this deal should have been wrapped up a lot sooner. Martial will have gone under intensive scouting by Manchester United as the general consensus is that this is a panic buy for Manchester United in the wake of their 2-1 loss to Swansea. For what it is worth, rumour has it that Monaco wanted to see out their Champions League qualifiers before parting ways with Martial as they wanted the best possible team available to face Valencia.

Monaco are out and Martial could be too!

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