Chelsea tried to hijack Manchester United’s Anthony Martial deal

by Sam Peoples

Chelsea tried to beat Manchester United to the signing of Anthony Martial on deadline day, according to the Sunday Times.

Martial joined Man United for a reported £36 million and which has been criticised for spending so much on a teenager but reports now suggest that Chelsea were willing to match the offer.

The London club won the race to sign Barcelona winger Pedro ahead of United earlier in the transfer window and it now seems as if they were aiming to do the same with Martial.

The Blues had reportedly been scouting the Frenchman and were planning a move for him next summer as Monaco were not yet prepared to sell their prized asset. However, United put in an offer the Ligue 1 club could not refuse and thus quickly wrapped up a deal to bring Martial to Old Trafford.

There has been a lot of discussion over whether any teenager in world football is worth the sort of money that Ed Woodward sanctioned for the transfer of the 19-year-old but if Chelsea’s interest was, in fact, genuine, it would seem that United have completed a great deal of business.

With Chelsea also prepared to offer a world-record fee for a teenager, it shows the limits both clubs would go to to sign Martial, giving an important indication of the youngster’s talent.

While Jose Mourinho managed to lure Pedro to Stamford Bridge rather than Manchester, United are clearly more interested in investing in the future, signing a player a whole nine years younger than Chelsea’s new acquisition.

Time will tell which strategy pays off and in Martial, the Reds have got themselves an exciting young prospect who they can expect to improve for years to come.

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