Tottenham keen to sign Anthony Martial from Monaco
Burt By Jason Burt
8:18PM BST 07 Jun 2015
Spurs are targeting a move for the highly-rated French striker Anthony Martial, who will cost around £18.2million
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Target: Spurs are interested in signing teenager Anthony Martial from Monaco Photo: AFP
Tottenham Hotspur are targeting a move for the highly-rated French teenager Anthony Martial who will command a fee of 25million euros (£18.2million) if he is sold by Monaco.
Martial, still just 19, figures strongly on a list of possible signings that Spurs are considering for this summer – and talks are already progressing - as head coach Mauricio Pochettino begins the re-shaping of his squad with an emphasis on youth.
Martial is a striker who was signed by Monaco from Lyon and has a contract until 2018. The French under-21 international impressed during his club’s Champions League campaign which took them into the quarter-finals of the competition at the expense of Arsenal. Martial provided an assist in the shock 3-1 victory at the Emirates.
It is being suggested in France that a deal to sign Martial has been agreed with Spurs but it is understood that while he is a prime target negotiations are still continuing.
Martial began his career with French non-league side Les Ulis, where Thierry Henry also started out, and there have been comparisons with the former Arsenal striker. His signing would be an exciting acquisition for Spurs but would also represent something of a risk given his youth and the scale of the fee.
But targeting Martial is a further indicator as to the direction that Spurs are intending to go under Pochettino who is developing a strong young core of players at the club headed by Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason.
Spurs need to add to their attacking options and Martial would be seen as an addition to support Kane – and certainly not replace him – with the priority at the club the need to try and finally move on Emmanuel Adebayor and, possibly, Roberto Soldado. A complication is that neither player – nor others Spurs want to go – are in the final year of their contracts at White Hart Lane.
Monaco head-coach Jardim, a man who you’d imagine is closer to the situation than any journalist, says Martial is staying at the Principality club. The Portuguese named a whole host of players who could leave but insisted that Martial and Bernardo Silva, the 20-year-old midfielder, would not be among them. It seems Monaco are keen to keep their young stars, at least.
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