Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs scouted Anthony Martial for 12 months before the club purchased him this summer, according to reports.
The Manchester Evening News claim that Manchester City were also in the mix for the French striker, and that there were also a host of other clubs interested before transfer deadline day.
However, far from being the rash purchase that many fans feared he was in the dying hours of the window, it’s said Giggs tracked Martial for the best part of a year before giving Louis van Gaal the thumbs up on making a deal.
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Despite the fact that Martial signed a new AS Monaco deal in July there were several clubs ready to strike a pre-contract agreement with him in January ahead of a move next summer.
The clubs keeping an eye on him included the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Man City, so United fans might well be thankful that Van Gaal took the gamble when he did.
Of course the striker has a tough task in proving that he’s worth the £36million United paid for him, particularly as the price-tag makes him the most expensive teenager of all time.
With United not having started the season firing on all cylinders the introduction of another forward is what’s needed to help Van Gaal’s side compete with the teams vying for the Premier League title. Giggs will certainly be hoping his estimates of Martial are proven right.
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