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Manchester United set for Martial Law

Manchester United are set to complete the £36m signing of Monaco forward Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old, who has been linked with Arsenal, was allowed to leave the France squad on Monday to travel for a medical with Louis van Gaal’s side.

Martial scored eight goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

Should he sign, Martial will become Manchester United’s third most expensive signing, after £59.7m Angel Di Maria and £37.1m Juan Mata.

Spain midfielder Mata joined from Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2014, while Argentina winger Di Maria moved from La Liga giants Real Madrid for a British record fee in August last year.

After Manchester United lost 2-1 to Swansea on Sunday, Van Gaal said he would not panic buy before the transfer window closes in England at 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: The signing of Martial to Manchester United would make him the most expensive Teenager in the world, so that price tag will no doubt come with a bit of pressure but this is a player who already has Champions League experience so it’s not as if he won’t be ready for a move to Old Trafford. After yesterday’s defeat to Swansea and abject performance by Wayne Rooney it seems as if Louis Van Gaal has decided that United don’t have enough striking options to last them the season and has called for some reinforcements. Will this be the final piece in United’s jigsaw or will there still be time to get another new face through the door before the transfer window closes?

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