Anthony Martial became the world's most expensive teenage footballer when he joined Manchester United from Monaco last summer. The £36m deal – potentially rising to £58m – sent shockwaves through Europe and drew criticism from pundits.
But those same pundits are no longer scratching their heads. The 20-year-old has proved himself to be one of the most exciting attacking stars in the European game, scoring 17 goals across all competitions despite the defensive priorities of Louis van Gaal.
It was a clear sign that Manchester United were right to gamble so much money on one so young and appeared to show that the France international is in no way daunted by the huge pressure on his shoulders.
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Martial knows he has done well and, according to The Sun, wants a significant reward. The well-connected journalist Neil Aston claims Martial has asked to have his contract renegotiated to take him to the next level on the pay scale.
His current deal, which runs until 2019, is worth £68,000-a-week but Martial believes he is being short changed and wants his wage increased to £100,000-a-week.
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Manchester United boast the second biggest annual wage budget in the Premier League with the Guardian reporting that the bill for the 2014/15 season hit £203m. While that may seem big, their proportion to turnover (51%) is one of the lowest in the division, meaning the Red Devils remain in an astoundingly healthy financial position.
They are able to offer bigger wages than most clubs and are famous for paying Wayne Rooney a reported £260,000-a-week; the biggest contract in Premier League history. Other notable earners are Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is reportedly on a deal worth in excess of £220,000-a-week and David de Gea on £200,000-a-week
While Martial can still not command wages on that scale, he obviously believes his current wage does not fairly represent the role he plays in the team. Indeed, Memphis Depay is on £150,000-a-week but failed to make any like the impression that Martial did.
Jose Mourinho has already sanctioned deals for both Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in recent weeks but Martial is keen to make sure he is next on the list.
Martial on Mourinho
But it seems Martial is completely committed to the Red Devils and may be willing to extend his contract as well. The Frenchman recently praised the club's decision to hire Mourinho.
He said: "We know that Mourinho is a great coach, one of the best in the world."