Monaco vice-president: Manchester United doubled Anthony Martial bid in space of a week

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United more than doubled their bid for Anthony Martial in the space of a week, according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

Man United completed a £36m plus bonuses deal for Martial on deadline day, making him the most expensive teenager in world football.

Eyebrows have inevitably been raised at the fee and there is now a huge amount of pressure on the 19-year-old Frenchman.

Vasilyev revealed that Monaco simply couldn’t turn down the money that United were offering.

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“It’s true that the price for Martial is £57.6m but take into account this sum includes bonuses which are very realistic,” he said.

“Initially Martial was not for sale, it was absolutely not planned. Since last week United started to make offers which we declined several times – £21.6m, £28.8m, £36m, even £50.4m with bonuses.

“On Sunday the player got such an offer that he couldn’t have declined. He asked us to find a solution and on Monday morning Manchester United made an offer to Monaco which the club couldn’t refuse.

“It’s absolutely unique. It’s the price of Luis Suarez or Neymar – the best players in the world. Right now English football is on a different financial level and if Manchester United decides to buy somebody, it’s very hard to stop them.”

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United let Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj leave on deadline day, leaving the squad worryingly short of options up top. The club were desperate for offensive reinforcements, which inevitably resulted in the huge transfer fee for Martial. Unfortunately for the player, he will now be left with a huge weight on his shoulders whether he likes it or not.

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