Manchester United have splashed out on their fifth summer signing, successfully bidding a record fee of £36million for youngster Anthony Martial from AS Monaco.
The deal, pending a medical according to Sky Sports, has now made the 19-year-old the most expensive teenager in history.
Martial's French beginnings
Martial started his career playing for youth club CO Les Ulis before moving to the Olympique Lyonnais academy. In his second season with the U17's the forward (who can also play on either wing) made a massive impact, scoring 32 goals in 21 games.
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The performances at youth level led to an international call up for Martial, and he scored five goals for the French U17's in their group qualification for the UEFA European U17 Championship's in 2012.
On December 6 2012, at just 17-years-of-age the youngster made his senior debut for Lyon in the Europa League. Martial was to play just three more times for the club before joining AS Monaco for £3.5 million.
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In his first season Martial featured 15 times for Monaco, scoring twice in an injury plagued campaign. Last season however, the teenager caught the eye of many footballing scouts from around the world.
12 goals in all competitions led to a call up to the France senior squad and drew high praise from manager Didier Deschamps, who said of the player: "He's got a good combination of pace and power. He's a young player obviously, but he's got an interesting profile in an area where it's not easy to find players with both strength and speed. He's got good potential and I want to see how he does with the squad."
The teenage sensation was granted permission from the French Football Federation to leave the national team's base and go to Manchester to complete his looming deal.
Martial arrived at United's Carrington training ground on Monday to complete his medical. The national team expect their player to be back with them at some point today as they prepare for upcoming friendlies against Portugal and Serbia.
Speechless in France
The deal has created a huge buzz in the football world, with many fans in shock at the large sum of money spent on a young striker that is unproven in the Premier League. French journalist Philippe Auclair has compared the 19-year-old to Thierry Henry for his rapid pace, technique, skills and finishing.
Even so the sum in question is a huge one, and being likened to one of the best players England has ever seen will do little to help the striker cope with the already massive pressure on his shoulders.
LVG to buy one more forward?
Is this a panic buy from Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal? After selling striker Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen for £7.3m there are limited goal threats for the Red Devils, with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson the only two recognised strikers in the squad.
On Sunday United lost their first game of the season to Swansea City. Sitting fifth in the table after four games doesn't seem all that bad, but the fact that they've only registered three goals in the Premier League - one of them being on own goal - is worrying.
With Adnan Januzaj joining Borussia Dortmund on loan, it only trims more of the attacking options from the frontline.
Martial may have the potential to be a world-class player, but after signing for such a hefty fee will the Red Devils have the patience to let the youngster develop or will they expect instant success?
United fans, what do you make of Martial's capture? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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