Anthony Martial rejected chance to join Chelsea

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Anthony Martial turned down the chance to join Chelsea during the summer transfer window because he had his heart set to move to Manchester United.

The French teenager completed a £38 million switch - which could rise to more than £50 million - to Old Trafford at the start of the season and has hit the ground running with three goals in four Premier League games.

However it could have been very different had Chelsea been successful with their late bid to steal the 19-year-old from Manchester United.

It's been previously reported that Monaco accepted a late offer from the Blues, but that it was too late and Martial was already on his way to Old Trafford. Now the Daily Mail, who cite Canal+ as a source, say that Martial himself rejected the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have struggled so far this season and could have done with the services of Martial in the first part of the season. Jose Mourinho's side currently sit in 12th in the table, with lead striker Diego Costa struggling to find his best form.

The Spanish international has managed just one league goal this term and has struggled with injuries, while he has also missed games through suspension.

Costa also admitted during the international break that he has been 'overweight' for the first part of the season, and is battling to be fully fit for Chelsea's upcoming game against Aston VIlla. Manchester United meanwhile take on Everton.

Where would Chelsea be in the league if they had signed Martial?

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