Man United transfers: Anthony Martial heads to Manchester ‘to sign contract’

Anthony Martial looks set to become a Manchester United player before Tuesday's transfer deadline

Anthony Martial looks set to become a Manchester United player after the striker was given permission to leave France’s national team to “sign a contract” with the Red Devils.

United have been heavily linked with a bid for the 19-year-old striker in recent days, speculation which gathered pace in the wake of Sunday’s surprise 2-1 loss at Swansea City.

Now, it appears that Louis van Gaal has moved quickly to bolster his attacking options at Old Trafford, with the player seemingly set to secure a move to the Premier League outfit from Monaco in the coming hours.

A statement from the French football federation read: “He [Martial] requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United.

“Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has acceded to the request of the player.

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The FFF also confirmed that Martial is set to return to France’s training base in Clairefontaine on Tuesday, which suggests that United are hoping to push through a deal in the next few hours.

Sunday’s loss to Swansea left Van Gaal’s men fifth in the Premier League and level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool.

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