It is well known that Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Anthony Martial.
The club were reportedly interested in signing the attacker from Monaco before he ended up moving to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015.
In fact, reports at one point even suggested that Spurs had agreed to a fee with the Ligue 1 club for Martial (France Football) before United ended up securing his signature.
The attacker took quite some time to acclimatise to English football and has not always been a regular in the starting eleven for United since he arrived in the Premier League (Sky Sports).
Tottenham reportedly tried again to sign Martial in the summer of 2018 and reports indicate that they were close to landing the French international with a swap deal involving Toby Alderweireld being proposed (The Times).
Former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he had a role to play in convincing the Red Devils to sign Martial.
Berbatov was a player at Monaco when the teenager was breaking into the side and the Bulgarian admitted to telling his old employers to snap up the skilful forward.
The striker told the Daily Mail: “I had a wonderful time at Monaco. I go there, Claudio Ranieri was the coach, and the team they had… Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez, Fabinho, Ricardo Carvalho, Radamel Falcao, Danijel Subasic.
“In the first training session, I’m 33, they start flying around me!’
“The United head scout called me, he was like: ‘Berbs, we are looking at this kid Martial and wanted to ask what you think.
“I told him this boy is unbelievable, the things he can do. He can be a great player, he just needs someone to guide him on the pitch. Of course, I’m still waiting for my commission!”
Spurs Web Opinion
I have always believed that Martial has the potential to be one of the best forwards in world football. Despite the improvement in his form this season, he is still nowhere near realising his true potential. It is such a shame that we missed out on him both in 2015 as well as 2018 as I believe he could have been a terrific player under Pochettino.
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