Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has claimed that teenage striker Anthony Martial rejected an even bigger offer from an unnamed club over the summer in order to be able to link up with Manchester United, the Metro reports.
The 19-year-old eventually completed a huge deal on to head to Old Trafford on deadline day that could end up costing United £58m (via Metro) in a move that stunned onlookers in the football world.
United came in for some heavy criticism for spending so much money on a player that has largely been untested at the highest level, but since joining up with the Red Devils he has notched an impressive four goals in five games so far.
Vasilyev has admitted that there was an even bigger offer on the table for the player’s services, but went with United as it was Martial’s ‘dream move’.
“There was another club that offered even more than United,” admitted Vasilyev.
“I will not say how much, but the fixed price – without variables – it was even better.
“And also they offered us to have him for a further year in Monaco. But the boy wanted to go to Manchester, it was his dream.
“We let him go with the bonus of €30 million. Had it not been for so much money, he’d have stayed.”
Martial has so far made just two appearances for the France national side, featuring in two friendlies towards the end of August, but with Euro 2016 on the horizon, this season could provide him with the opportunity to establish himself as a serious contender for a starting spot.