Man United to sign £50m Martial? All you need to know about strike starlet…

first_imgManchester United are being tipped to launch a move for Anthony Martial before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.United look desperately short of firepower and, with Wayne Rooney yet to score in the Premier League this season, Louis van Gaal has reportedly earmarked the Monaco youngster as the man to boost his forward line.We’re not ashamed to admit we know little about Martial here at talkSPORT Towers, so we’ve been doing some digging to find out more…Name: Anthony MartialDate of birth (Age): 5 December 1995 (19)Birthplace: Massy, FrancePosition: StrikerClub: MonacoWhat’s the latest?According to reports in France, Manchester United took Monaco by surprise on Sunday by tabling a €50million (£36m) bid for Martial.Louis van Gaal has been frustrated in his search for a new forward in recent weeks and, having seemingly given up hope of luring either Neymar or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, has turned his attentions to the French youngster.Le Parisien, a leading French newspaper, went as far to claim on Sunday that Martial has already agreed personal terms with United and the deal could be finalised today, but there has been no official confirmation from either club.Did you know?1) The forward began his career with Lyon and made four senior appearances for the club before Monaco swooped to land the 17-year-old for €5million in the summer of 2013.2) Martial went straight into the Monaco first team squad, and scored twice in nine Ligue 1 appearances in his debut campaign. He became a regular in only his second season at the club, following Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United, and made 31 league appearances, scoring eight goals.3) He has scored four goals in 12 appearances for France’s Under-21 side and was last week called up to the senior squad for the first time for the upcoming friendly matches against Portugal and Serbia.4) Frighteningly quick, skilful and with an eye for goal, Martial has been compared in style to Arsenal and France legend – and another former Monaco youngster – Thierry Henry.5) Martial was linked with a move to Tottenham at the start of the summer. The north London club were said to be planning an £18m move but Martial was not keen on a move to White Hart Lane and instead signed a new deal with Monaco in July.Video Evidence: Anthony Martial [left] 1last_img read more