Man United weren’t highest bidders for Anthony Martial, reveal Monaco

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev says another club outbid Man United for the forward

Manchester United weren’t the highest bidders for Anthony Martial, Monaco have revealed.

The 19-year-old France international was the big talking point on the transfer deadline day last month after he completed a £36m move to United.

Martial has proven an instant hit with the Red Devils supporters after a return of four goals from his opening five games for Louis van Gaal’s side.

The Frenchman has previously been linked with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid before United made the striker the most-expensive teenager in Europe.

However, Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that another club outbid United for the forward, but Martial preferred a move to Old Trafford.

“There was another club that offered even more than United,” Vasilyev is quoted as saying by Metro.

“I will not say how much, but the fixed price – without variables – it was even better.

“And also they offered us to have him for a further year in Monaco. But the boy wanted to go to Manchester, it was his dream.

“We let him go with the bonus of €30 million. Had it not been for so much money, he’d have stayed.”

The summer signing has already scored against Liverpool, Southampton and Ipswich Town since he made his debut in a 3-1 win against the Reds at Old Trafford last month.

The Red Devils face bitter rivals Arsenal at The Emirates in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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