Martial’s United move

Anthony Martial’s 2015 move to Manchester United caught everyone by surprise. The Red Devils were spending a fortune on a little-known French wunderkind. AS Monaco were probably pinching themselves at the sale they made.

That was the theory anyway. Martial went on to prove that he was a worthy investment. He’s struggled to replicate his terrific first season form but has shone in patches. It also turns out that Monaco didn’t exactly want to send Martial out the door. They were given an offer they couldn’t refuse for their teenage sensation.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev revealed that they accepted United’s €80m including bonuses offer to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. He told L’Equipe that his hands were tied but that things are good now.

“In 2015 we had to sell in order to meet FFP conditions, so it was more of an obligation (to sell Martial),” Vasilyev said. “We are, currently, financially safe and sound. You sell when you think it’s the right time. You’ve got to accept the risk (to then sell someone at a lower price the next time around) and it’s by taking risks that we have got here.”

No longer a selling club

Despite raking in a record amount of money in the summer transfer window, Vasilyev insists that Monaco are not a selling club. Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko were among the high-profile names to exit.

He said: “My dream has always been to develop the model, in both an economic and sporting sense, as far as possible. I’d said that a few years ago with Forbes magazine; I see that it is a possibility.”

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