Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial this summer. Spurs are keen on the Frenchman, having failed to sign him back in 2015. Mauricio Pochettino sees him as the perfect addition. With the ability to be Harry Kane’s back-up and strike partner he would be a great addition, whilst his suitability on the left wing is also a key bonus.
The player himself would also seem keen. The French international’s agent has spoken this week of a desire to leave Old Trafford after a breakdown in the relationship with Jose Mourinho and the player.
However, reports in the press over the weekend have seemingly ended the Martial pursuit.
The Mirror report that the Red Devils have placed a whopping £75 million price-tag on his head. Such a fee has reportedly seen Spurs duck out, with Daniel Levy unlikely to sanction such an extravagant fee. Even with Toby Alderweireld thrown in as a makeweight, Spurs would now have to pay over £20 million on top – an astonishing amount.
Levy is often scrutinised for his frugality but on this occasion, the Tottenham chairman has got it absolutely right.
As talented as Martial clearly is, the 22-year-old has failed to make the sustained impact in English football he threatened to after first arriving.
At the £40 million mark he is a worthy signing for Tottenham. The hope would be a new environment and a different coach could inspire him to live up to the hype. But £75 million is too big a financial risk to take on a player who, at times, appears to go missing in games.
Levy often gets stick for not putting his money where his mouth is for Tottenham Hotspur. On this occasion, he is right to keep the chequebook firmly in his pocket.