Not many Manchester United fans will know much about Anthony Martia but with Louis van Gaal set to splash out on the 19-year-old, here are some things you might like to know about the young French international.
1. Martial spent his youth career with French seventh division outfit CO Les Ulis, before sealing a move to Olympique Lyonnais at the age of just 14
2. In his second season in the Under-17 team, Martial scored 32 goals in 21 games for Lyon, earning him a spot the France Under-17 2012 European Championships.
3. Martial is renowned as one of France’s most promising young players.
4. In June 2013 Martial completed a move to AS Monaco, for a fee of around £5m
5. The 19-year-old’s style of play has often drawn comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry
6. Martial’s birthplace of Massy is only a short distance from Henry’s hometown of Les Ulis
7. Martial’s strengths include his dribbling and finishing.
8. At £36m Martial would become Man United’s third-most expensive signing, after Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata
9. After signing a new contract with Monaco in June 2015, AS Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev declared the player as “untransferable”
10. Martial scored nine goals for Monaco last season, but has failed to find the target so far this year.
11 Martial was part of the Monaco side that eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League last year