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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lid is lifted on Martial move

Leaked document shows Frenchman could cost United more than £60m

Anthony Martial reacts to a missed chance in the Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday
Anthony Martial reacts to a missed chance in the Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday

Anthony Martial could end up costing Manchester United more than £60m, according to leaked documents.

In what is claimed to be the transfer agreement with Monaco, it states United were due to pay the French club €20m (£15m) within three business days of the deal with another €30m (£22.8m) payable on July 1, 2016.

On top of that there are also other clauses built into the agreement.

The contract states that Monaco will be owed another €10m (£7.6m) when Martial scored his 25th competitive goal for United, makes his 25th appearance for France and if he's included on the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

It means Martial could cost United £60.6m if all the clauses are met.

Meanwhile, United's teenage defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has already proven he has the mettle to handle the big stage, according to team-mate Chris Smalling.

Borthwick-Jackson, 18, has made only half-a-dozen appearances for Louis van Gaal's side and his only senior starts came at Bournemouth and in the FA Cup against Sheffield United.

Performance

He began Sunday's 1-0 win over Liverpool among the substitutes but was called upon by Van Gaal before half-time at Anfield when Ashley Young suffered an injury.

And it was Borthwick-Jackson's mature performance at the home of United's bitter rivals that convinced Smalling his defensive colleague can handle the spotlight.

"I think he showed he is ready for a stage like this," the England international said after the Liverpool game.

"He has been drip fed quite a few games this season and he has done very well. To be able to stand up here and perform like he did shows he is ready for any game because if you can perform here then you can perform anywhere in the league."

Injuries have left United depleted in defence this year and Van Gaal has therefore had to use a number of inexperienced players at Old Trafford.

However, Smalling insists Borthwick-Jackson's mentality means he needs little guidance.

"I like to talk to the defence no matter who is playing," the 26-year-old said.

"Maybe it's a case of spurring him on when he does something good just to keep that going, but on the whole he looks after himself because he is a very level-headed guy."

Smalling, meanwhile, has praised Wayne Rooney's return to scoring form and described the United captain as a "top-class striker" following his winner at Liverpool.

Prior to his recent scoring run, the Reds' striker had only scored once in 13 games across all competitions and had therefore been under some scrutiny in the media.

Smalling believes his team-mate's omission from the starting line-up at Stoke City on St Stephen's Day may have invigorated the striker and inspired him to demonstrate his unquestionable quality.

"Since that game (Stoke), he has come back in and shown he is a top-class performer," said Smalling, after Rooney's winner against Liverpool.

"I think (being left out) can refresh you and spur you on a bit more, to prove to everyone just how good you are. Strikers go through periods when they don't score but the best ones are those that come back and get on another run.

"Wazza has shown that (ability to bounce back) throughout his career and it's good to see he is among the goals again."

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