Anthony Martial a better signing than Edinson Cavani says Phil Neville

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Manchester United could end up spending £58 million on Monaco youngster Anthony Martial - but former player Phil Neville believes he could turn out to be worth every penny.

The 19-year-old emerged as a target for the Red Devils over the weekend and has now been granted permission to leave training with France to complete his move. He has since been spotted at the club's Carrington training ground in order to complete a medical.

The deal is believed to be worth £36 million but reports in France say it could be worth up to £58 million including add-ons.


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That would make Martial the second most expensive player in Manchester United's history behind Angel di Maria. The deal has come as a surprise to some of the club's fans who had been hoping for a big money signing such as Cavani, Neymar or Thomas Muller.

Despite being a relative unknown Martial has been compared to Thierry Henry in terms of his playing style, and Neville - who is now a coach with Valencia - says he will prove his worth having got a closer look at the forward during his side's Champions League qualifier against Monaco.

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‘He was unplayable at times,’ Neville told Sportsmail on Monday. ‘He has strength, pace, everything you could look for. He kept drifting out to the left and causing us problems. He’s a proper centre-forward. Every time he got the ball your heart was in your mouth. He was really good in both games, especially at the Mestalla.

‘He’s a proper signing and I think he’s a better bet than spending the same on Edinson Cavani or someone similar.’

High hopes

As it stands Martial is set to come in as a back-up to Wayne Rooney as the most expensive teenager in football history with Javier Hernandez gone to Bayer Leverkusen and James Wilson linked with a loan move to West Brom.

Manchester United aren't expected to complete any more signings before the end of deadline day, while David de Gea could still leave to join Real Madrid despite the closure of the European transfer window.

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