Tottenham Hotspur quoted ‘silly prices’ amid interest in Anthony Martial


Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has already suggested, albeit through his agent, that he wants to leave the Old Trafford club this summer. United have suggested that they do not want to sell the player, and have been in negotiations for eight months over a new contract, which has seemingly not been agreed between the player, his representatives and the club. Martial has been linked to Juventus for some time now and another team credited with interest is Tottenham Hotspur.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that Spurs have been quoted ‘silly prices’ for the 22-year-old who United signed for an initial fee of £36 million on deadline day in the summer of 2015. The overall fee paid for Martial rose to £44.4 million after Martial scored his 25th goal for United against Burnley in 2017, meaning an additional £8.4 million had to be paid to AS Monaco. The overall fee could rise to £56 million in total, a figure which Martial is valued as much higher than in the current market.

United have reportedly been trying to do business with Spurs this summer for Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld with United seeking to invest £55 million in the 29-year-old who has refused to sign a new contract with the North London club and will, in a year’s time, be allowed to leave for £25 million based on a clause in his contract. Spurs, however, have demanded around £70 million for Alderweireld, which is a figure United a reluctant to pay. I guess Spurs like to play these games themselves but do not like to be on the receiving end of them?!?!

It is suggested by the Manchester Evening News, albeit via their sources, that the situations for both Martial and Alderweireld could ‘rumble on and on’ with the fact that neither player wants to sign a new contract and the transfer window closing on the 9th August 2018, before the new Premier League season starts. United manager Jose Mourinho has adopted a stance whereby id a player wants to leave the club, he will not stand in the way of that player from getting their wish, however, the club will make the final decisions as to what happens.

United will not want to sell Martial for a small fee and will hold out for a bumper transfer figure, which is what they deem the player to be worth. Whether that happens remains to be seen. If Martial was really one of the best players in the world, why are clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich not interested in the player? Those who worship Martial will tell you that Mourinho and the arrival of Alexis Sanchez have ruined him. They have a great story ready to be told whenever you go against their opinions.

They will even tell you that Martial was named the Manchester United Player of the Month three times, which is obviously an award akin to the Ballon d’Or. The fact that it is voted for by United supporters on Twitter and through the Manchester United website is irrelevant. The fact he is the player to be awarded these things three times means more. It is not as if Martial FC could hijack that voting system and get all Martial’s fans to vote now. That would be pathetic, wouldn’t it?

Martial is heading into his last year at United but there was a clause inserted to add another year to his deal, meaning he could be stuck at United until the summer of 2020. Alderweireld has a similar clause in his contract. This will enable both clubs to gain what they can for each player this summer, whether they both leave, or just one of them leaves. Maybe both will remain at their clubs into next season. Who knows.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown interest in Martial before, just before United signed the Frenchman. United also blew Chelsea out of the water to sign the player in 2015, when the club was led by Louis van Gaal. United have been preparing for the eventual loss of Martial with Willian being targeted by the Old Trafford club. Even Gareth Bale has been linked with an exit from Real Madrid, which seems less likely now they have a new manager and the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo could exit the club instead.

Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley confirmed that his client would be seeking an exit from United this summer earlier this month. The quotes confirmed that United and the player were in negotiations for eight months and that there was no agreement. There was a sarcastic suggestion that ‘the most powerful club in the world’ did not find agreement in eight month, suggested that United did not want to make Martial an important player. Lamboley said:

“After thinking about all the possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. When Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world, does not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is that it does not really want to make him an important player.”

“It is a well-considered decision. He is under contract, United will have the last word and we will respect the decision of the club, it will go to the end of its commitment.

“We do not have the same vision on Anthony’s future. Without the unconditional support of the fans, Anthony would have already asked to leave United.

“I will not comment on the consequences of the January transfer window. Everyone will have his opinion, I think he must resume the course of his career. The time has come.”

Martial is a great talent. Don’t get me wrong. He has the talent, skill, and pace to make the breakthrough at any club. One thing he does not possess is the will of determination. If he did, he would sit down, stop moaning and sulking and find a way to get back in contention at the club. The fact his agent has, albeit sarcastically suggested United did not want to make Martial an important player suggests that the player’s demands were not something the club wanted to find agreement with.

Anthony Martial really is starting to make himself look like Nicolas Anelka 2.0. If he does not get his own way, he sulks, moans and does all he can to show it. That is not a football player who wants to achieve anything at the highest level. This is the moans and games of a quitter. Martial has everything he needs to get himself into contention by playing his football. He has had chances to do that but failed to state a case for himself. Alexis Sanchez was brought in to add more depth to the squad and more competition. Competition should bring out the best of all players.

Sanchez has offered more on the pitch than Martial has, although he had not hit the ground running. Martial had a chance to entertain in the Emirates FA Cup final against Chelsea but even failed to do that, adding more frustration than anything else. This summer, if Martial is to remain at United, he will need to earn his chances not moan and sulk until he gets one. If you can impress the manager with your performances, it will be hard for the manager to drop him. Blaming Mourinho and Sanchez for his own faults shows the mentality is not where it should be with him.

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