£75m price tag for Spurs target

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According to The Sunday Mirror Manchester United have slapped a staggering £75million price-tag on unhappy striker Anthony Martial to scare off rival clubs.

United are keen to keep hold of the Frenchman and are trying to fend off interest from Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid by demanding so much money.

Their valuation is way above what Spurs are willing to pay, and although no bids have been tabled so far United are keen to kill speculation about Martial’s future however the striker has already rejected talks over a new contract, with his frustration growing at spending too much time on the bench.

Martial joined United from Monaco in a £58m deal three years ago, and made an instant impact with a stunning winner against Liverpool on his debut, however since Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager in summer 2016, he has struggled to impose himself and grab a regular starting spot.

He was left out of the France squad for this World Cup in Russia by boss Didier Deschamps and Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley insisted his client wants to leave.

Mourinho questioned Martial’s application last season – and the pair have an uneasy relationship that is behind his desire for a fresh start.

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  1. We paid £45 million for Davinson Sannchez. He was not that well known and is a CB. Martial is a top quality striker, He has time to improve. His resale value will go up. If we cold get him for £65 million it would be about what I would expect to pay. He would not be one of the many who are ‘prospects’ who need to ‘nurtured’, who do not know where the goal is and create little if any assists – yes: Lamela, Llorenet and Sissoko. The problem is, whilsts I could see Levy agreeing the purchase, it would have to be on the condition that players are sold. How do you sell players who are pretty awful? No one wants them – especially at the prices Levy will want. They may not want to go and you can’t force hem out.

    BTW, a simple formula. Is Martial at least twice as good as each of Sissoko and Lamela? The answer is yes, so he would be expected to be priced at least twice as high – at £60 million. Given that player fees rise much more quickly than general inflation, about £65 – £70 million would be the going rate for a player of his quality.

    • Flawed analysis, and if we are spending that kinda money i would take Bale over Martial any day of the week despite his age and wages. It’s a no contest.

      We are talking about a fringe player who the manager clearly does not fancy as an important player in his squad. A player Mourinho probably wants rid of as ges been looking at players in that position since this time last year. A player who is no longer in his international squad – not taken to the world cup due to too many other players in his position and not being a starter for his club. Yes he has potential but many do and he’s not £35m better than when they signed him. Poch could work wonders with his talent but we could say that about many a player. I don’t think he’s worth spending over the odds for when he’s so available and when they clearly want one of ours too. Don’t get me wrong, i like the player, but if we have a double budget for the first time since Bale left let’s not blow it all on a faux marquee!


      • Potential?
        No. Martial is a proven goal scorer and he provides assists – over a at least two seasons and in the PL. Please have a look at his stats per 90 minutes. I did before I posted. Compare with Lamela and Sissoko. We need substantial upgrades to move on.

        I don’t care about Mourinho’s views.

        Martial is good value at £65 million. His price will go up. Bale’s vale will go down.
        Returning players often fail.

        You indicate my analysis is flawed but do not explain why you think that. Please elaborate.

        • To say he’s twice as good as Sissoko therefore he’s worth double the Sissoko fee is flawed logic. So many different factors come into the price of a player and demand is one of the big ones.

          You can’t just say we paid £5m for Dele so Griezman is worth about £10m, for example. In fact no two transfers can be ‘worked out’ that way. Just like many different factors came into the price we paid for Sissoko and Lamela at the time. The price of a lot of players will have changed in two weeks, its forever changing.

          Martial would be a good signing and I would be over the moon if we signed him, but not if it meant blowing the whole budget. Reports say Utd are not interested in a swap deal and this is probably because they know Toby is highly available too!


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