Sports World News of Monday, 9 January 2017
Anthony Martial is two goals away from costing Manchester United another €10 million as a clause in his transfer agreement will be triggered.
The France international forward has been in hot form for the Red Devils of late, scoring four times in his last six outings, working his way closer to the forefront of manager Jose Mourinho’s plans.
But when he reaches the milestone of 25 goals for the club – something he is only two strikes away from doing – the Old Trafford outfit will have to stump up another €10m to Monaco, according to documents obtained by Football Leaks back in January 2016.
The 21-year-old forward arrived from the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer of 2015 with little reputation in England, so his fee of €50 million seemed extravagant at the time.
However, the attacker, who has been likened to Thierry Henry, quickly made a positive impression by scoring 17 goals in England during his first season – including a superb winner against Liverpool only weeks after arriving.
Last weekend, he struck his sixth goal of the season against Reading in the FA Cup, and though he was overshadowed by Wayne Rooney equalling the club’s record goal tally, he is closing in on his first significant landmark.
There are two other scenarios that could see the final fee United pay for the Frenchman rise to close to €90 million.
Firstly, if Martial reaches 25 international caps – he is currently on 15 selections – they will pay another instalment of €10m, and another similar payment if he finishes in the top three of the Ballon d’Or voting at any stage during his stay.
United may also have to give Monaco a further sum should they sell him for over €60m, although this depends on which of the previous clauses are met.