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Anthony Martial: Manchester United sign Monaco forward for £36m

by vlad on Вторник, Сентябрь 1st, 2015

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Manchester United have completed the £36m signing of Monaco forward Anthony Martial, making him the world’s most expensive teenage footballer.

France Under-21 international Martial, who scored eight goals in 31 Ligue 1 games last season, signed a four-year deal with the option for a fifth year.

The 19-year-old, who had been linked with Arsenal, becomes United’s third most expensive signing after Angel Di Maria (£59.7m) and Juan Mata (£37.1m).

He was allowed to leave the France squad on Monday for a medical with Louis van Gaal’s side.

Monaco signed Martial for £4.4m two years ago from Lyon, who will receive about £7.35m as a result of a sell-on clause.

The previous world record transfer fee for a teenager was £27m, whichUnited paid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw last summer and Paris St-Germain spent on Roma centre-back Marquinhos in 2013.

His signing came as Premier League spending passed £850m for the first time in a transfer window.
Who is Martial ?

A France Under-21 international who has just been called up to the senior national team for the first time.

He scored 32 goals in 21 games at youth level for Lyon before breaking into the first team in the 2012-13 season, making three appearances before joining Monaco.

Martial scored two goals in 15 games in his first season at Monaco and 11 in 42 in all competitions last season.

With nine goals, he is the top teenage scorer in Europe’s top five leagues since the start of 2014-15.

In a July 2015 study by the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, Martial was ranked the 17th most valuable under-21 player in Europe at £11.6m.

Raheem Sterling, who joined Manchester City from Liverpool for a fee that could reach £49m, was rated the most valuable.

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