Manchester United paid an excessive £36 million with add-ons increasing to a potentially whopping £58 million to sign the 19-year-old French forward Anthony Martial from Monaco.
The French youngster is said to be "the new Thierry Henry", an incredible assumption considering Anthony Martial has only ever played eight full 90-minute games in his professional career, while starting Martial has only managed one goal and one assist.
Anthony Martial is a risk but what transfer isn't? The forward has the potential to be a worthy asset to Louis van Gaal's side because Manchester United's lack of pace going forward, largely due to Rooney's age and playing style.
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Obviously this is all speculation because, no one will be certain if his style of play will suit the Premier League and if he will hit the ground running. Anthony Martial could make his debut against Liverpool at Old Trafford this Saturday night.
However, an investment Manchester United should focus on signing in the future possibly to partner with Martial, is the new Juventus striker 21-year-old Paulo Dybala, who recently joined from Palermo for £23 million this June.
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Dybala made a breakthrough into the Palermo's first team in the 2014/15 season scoring 13 (one less than Rooney's goal tally) in 36 games and in his early Juventus career he has two goals in three games.
Due to his pace, positioning, and ball skills, he excels during counter-attacks. A hard working player which Manchester United need, he is also known for his defensive contribution.
He is capable of playing as a striker, supporting forward, attacking midfielder and his versatility would have been a very welcome addition to an already fairly flexible attacking line.
With Memphis, Juan Mata, Martial and Dybala, United would have been able to rotate positions during and in between each match, making them very difficult to predict and defend against.
His move to Juventus this summer has scuppered any chance of another transfer in the near future. However, given United's current scatter gun transfer policy don't be surprised if this time next year we've just witnessed another summer-long saga in which the Reds have missed out on another attacking transfer target.
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