Monaco President Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that his side were offered more money than what Manchester United paid for Anthony Martial
Many eyebrows were raised when Manchester United decided to splash a whopping £36million to secure the services of young Anthony Martial during the summer transfer window.
While Martial was considered as one of the finest young players around in Europe, United splashing so much cash for the 19-year old was seen as an unnecessary indulgence by many and the fact that the fee could still potentially rise to £58million made matters worse.
Martial certainly has made a good start to life at Manchester United and the striker could eventually prove to be a very good signing for the Red Devils but many are still not yet convinced that the French international will ever be worth the money.
Given the ridiculous amounts splashed by clubs nowadays though, Martial’s price perhaps is just the epitome of the money spinning game football has become and now in a surprise admission, Monaco President Vadim Vasilyev has stated that his side could have earned an even bigger fee for the 19-year old.
Vasilyev revealed that Monaco had received a more financially lucrative offer than United from another team for Martial but the striker was determined to join the Red Devils and at the end, the eventual move was satisfactory for everyone involved.
Vasilyev explained, “There was another club that offered even more than United. 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. And we let him go with the bonus of 30 million. Had it not been for so much money, he’d have stayed.”
Martial will now be preparing for arguably his biggest game so far in a Manchester United shirt when the Red Devils travel to the Emirates Stadium to square off against rivals Arsenal and the young striker will surely be hopeful of continuing his good run of form in front of goal during the clash.