Tottenham will accelerate their interest in Manchester United’s unsettled winger Anthony Martial next week. Officials from the north London club are planning talks with United chiefs as they look to keep to their promise of acquiring manager Mauricio Pochettino’s top transfer targets.
Martial has not been named in France’s World Cup squad meaning a deal can be concluded swiftly if both clubs can agree a fee.
Pochettino has identified the pacy forward as one of his priorities ahead of next season as he looks to build a squad capable of sustaining a title tilt.
The Argentine will be given at least £100million to spend on new talent this summer and is pre-pared to splash a significant percentage of that on Martial. United will look to recoup as much of the money they spent to bring the 22-year-old to Old Trafford in 2015 as possible.
Martial signed for an initial £38m, but the transfer was loaded with expensive add-ons which pushed the price up to a maximum of £58m. United’s determination to maximise income from any Martial sale will be the biggest stumbling block towards a deal, particularly given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reputation as a fierce negotiator.