Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has defended the club’s decision to pay £36m for Anthony Martial by insisting that the Frenchman would have cost at least £10m more next year.
The Red Devils swooped on transfer deadline day to land the 19-year-old, with the total deal possessing the potential to rise to almost £60m with add-ons.
It has since been revealed that Martial was the most ‘overpriced’ transfer of the window just gone, which has heaped pressure on both the teenager and Van Gaal.
LVG has already claimed that Martial has been brought in with a view to being a star for the future, and has now gone further by claiming that his price-tag would have risen further had United not moved when they did:
“The crazy world of football is that there is a market and a market price,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard. “We cannot have any influence on that price. I have said to Ed [Woodward], he is the best of his age, and we need a striker in the future.
“So we can wait a year and then he is £10m more expensive, but now we can build him up and at the right time he can enter the game.”
Martial is available to make his debut for United this weekend against bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.