12:00PM: UPDATE: The French Football Federation have apparently released Martial from international duty in order to let him seal a transfer to Manchester United:
BREAKING: Anthony Martial given permission by Didier Deschamps to travel to Manchester to complete Man United move http://t.co/Z17llHhI82
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Manchester United have reportedly agreed personal terms with young Monaco striker Anthony Martial.
This is according to French newspaper Le Parisien, who say that the 19-year old has his heart set on a move to Manchester, and has agreed personal terms with the Reds ahead of any possible move.
However, according to Canal+ reporter Pierre Ménès, United have had two offers of €50 and €55 million rejected by Monaco, and Le Parisien also say that the Monegasque club want €60 million and a loan move for central defender Marcos Rojo in exchange.
This move would reap Monaco a huge profit, as Martial was signed from Lyon two summers ago for a fee of just €5 million, and it seems with the transfer window closing in two days time, the club will be looking to milk every single penny they can out of United.
This move would represent a huge step up for Martial, who has been dubbed the “next Thierry Henry” in some quarters. He has made 69 appearances for Monaco so far, scoring 15 goals, and has recently been called up to the French national squad by Didier Deschamps.
The Reds’ striking ranks are dwindling by the day, and with Javier Hernández’s move to Bayer Leverkusen being close to completion, Louis van Gaal will be looking to bolster the attacking options at his disposal, and it looks like Martial fits the bill.
However, this move is a real gamble by van Gaal. Martial is a fairly raw prospect, and there’s no telling whether he could swiftly adapt to the Premier League. The Dutchman may be better off splashing the cash on proven quality rather than rolling the dice on an untested youngster, but it looks like this move may come to fruition in the next two days.