Tottenham Hotspur will ramp up their interest in signing French international Anthony Martial from Manchester United next week, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail claim that Spurs are ready to accelerate his attempts to sign the Frenchman – valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt – next week and are planning talks with United’s chiefs in order to keep Mauricio Pochettino happy.
They report that Martial is one of the Argentine’s top transfer targets and they have promised to land his preferred names this summer after he signed a five-year deal at the club last month.
They also say that Martial’s absence from the World Cup could see a deal concluded quickly, but United’s desire to recoup as much of the £58m included in the deal that brought Martial to Old Trafford from Monaco as possible may reportedly slow negotiations down.
Finding a reliable backup striker for Harry Kane has been one of Pochettino’s biggest challenges since he took over at Tottenham; nobody who is good enough for a title tilt wants to be sitting on the bench until the England captain gets injured, so substandard recruits arrive.
Two examples are Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen but both could leave if Martial arrived because between he, Kane and Heung-min Son, there is enough firepower there to sustain a title push, even allowing for injuries.
Also, Martial would not come cheap – in terms of transfer fee or wages – so shifting out two players; getting two transfer fees in and two salaries off the wagebill would be a welcome boost on the financial side in terms of funding any potential deal between the two top four rivals.