Monaco still reaping from Martial sale


While Anthony Martial’s equaliser for Manchester United last weekend may have brought relief to the player and under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, it helped his former side AS Monaco reap an extra profit for parting ways with the promising attacker.

The Red Devils went on to win the game following a last minute winner from Alexis Sanchez alleviating pressure surrounding the club at least till the end of the international break but Martial’s goal against Newcastle United came at a cost of £8.7 million for Manchester United.

The Frenchman registered his 25th Premier League goal for the club with his 76th minute equaliser in Saturday’s win over Newcastle triggering a clause in his contract entitling his ex-club AS Monaco to a €10 million(£8.73 million) payout.

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The Frenchman signed for United in the summer of 2015 for an initial £36 million which would have risen to an excess of £60 million should certain requirements be met.

Martial fulfilled one those requirements when he scored his 25th Premier League goal since joining United ensuring United forked out an extra £8.73 million for his services increasing his transfer fee to £44.73 million.

The Principality side would not have expected the 22-year old to take as long as he has done to record 25 Premier League goals with United especially since he enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford.

Martial’s last PL goal came against Burnley on January 20 and has had to wait over eight months to record his next league goal, a period that would have been frustrating for player, club and AS Monaco.

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That is the case of a promising player who has failed to live up to his potential in three seasons at Old Trafford, showing flashes of his brilliance but failing to perform at a consistent level.

Under the terms of the original deal, Monaco were due two further payments of £8.73 million each if Martial played 25 games for France and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or before the end of the current 2018/19 season.

But that will remain a distant dream for the French club as Martial was not named among the Ballon d’Or nominees announced this week and is currently stuck at 18 games for the national team, seven games away from meeting the appearance target.

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Monaco will also not be due a payment should United decide to part ways with the under-performing player as the deal is believed to have expired following the close of the previous season.

Monaco would also have been entitled to 50 per cent of any profit on Martial had the 22-year-old been sold for a fee between a series of agreed varying sums.

Manchester United are currently looking to tie down the French forward to a new deal with his current deal close to running out but it is believed the youngster is unwilling to continue playing under Jose Mourinho with whom he does not have a good relationship.