Manchester United's £36 million move for Anthony Martial has taken a lot of people by surprise, and many are claiming the deal is a panic buy resulting from the Red Devils' inability to sign a forward earlier in the transfer window.
The Old Trafford outfit have been linked with a number of strikers this summer but have failed to bring in any big name additions.
Van Gaal claimed at one point he was happy with the striking options of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson.
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But following their 2-1 defeat to Swansea City and Rooney's inability to find the net in the Premier League, United have been forced into action.
£36 million, with potential for the fee to rise through bonuses, seems a lot of money for a 19-year-old who has scored 15 goals in 72 career appearances, however the Red Devils are refuting claims it is a panic buy.
It appears the Monaco forward was a fall-back option after United missed out on targets like Harry Kane and Thomas Muller, however the 20-times Premier League champions claim their is a reason for the deal being complete so late.
According to the Mirror, the Red Devils have been scouting Martial for over a year and the deal has been left to the last minute because Monaco were reluctant to sell while they were in the Champions League.
Last years quarter-finalists were knocked out by Valencia in the play-off round last Tuesday and were refusing to do business until their future was confirmed.
The deal will see Martial become the expensive teenager in world football history and the second most expensive French player ever behind Zinedine Zidane.