Arsene Wenger is “happy” with Arsenal’s transfer business despite failing to sign a single outfield player this summer.
The 19-year-old, who has just been called up to the France senior team for the Euro qualifiers, has signed a four-year deal with the option for a fifth year.
“Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak (about the transfer)”, United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin said at France’s training base at Clairefontaine yesterday.
“You have a lot of boxes that you can’t tick with him because I repeat he has only played 52 games”.
“It is my job to show what I can do”.
But Martial, who has scored 14 goals 34 appearances for Monaco, is ready for the temperature to rise at Old Trafford after leaving the 18,500 capacity Stade Louis II stadium.
The youngster admitted the fee is incredible but said he will try not to be distracted by it, adding: “I don’t know if I’m worth €80m [£58m]”.
“I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson and Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with”, he wrote on his personal Instagram account.
John Giles has described Manchester United’s transfer business this summer as “chaotic”.
“I’m very hapy because it’s a big club in England”.
Manager Louis van Gaal said: “Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential”. The first season can be tough; Premier League is a tough one.
“We saw him at the Emirates last season playing with Monaco and causing trouble to the Arsenal defence, he has a bright future.
That might be several years down the line but Manchester United are showing their intent with a player they believe can really change things at the club”.
His humility is certainly refreshing, and will be quite welcome at a giant club like Manchester United.
“The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantees you are a better team after, and that example last night shows you very well”.