Manchester United will be forced to pay AS Monaco more money if new signing Anthony Martial wins the Ballon d’Or in the future.
This is according to BBC Sport, who understand that one of the add-ons in Martial’s contract depends on the teenage striker being crowned the world’s best footballer.
Manchester United have agreed to pay £36 million for the forward, who is poised to make his international debut for France this week, but that fee could eventually rise to an eye-watering £58 million.
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There is a sense of disbelief in both England and France that Manchester United have paid so much money for a youngster who, to date, has achieved relatively little in his short career.
French journalist Philippe Auclair revealed on BBC Radio Five Live earlier this week that people in France had been left “speechless” by the incredible amount of money paid for the teenager.
Martial is now under serious pressure
But United clearly believe that Martial has the potential to become a world-class striker - and have backed the youngster by handing him the number nine shirt on his arrival at Old Trafford.
Any player who commands a transfer fee worth a potential £58 million, one presumes, has to be contending for the most prestigious individual accolades at some point during their careers.
And Martial, whose standout attributes include his pace and power, will be under pressure to hit the ground running in the Premier League because of the extraordinary amount of money paid for his services.
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