Anthony Martial could be saving Manchester United millions as Jose Mourinho cools interest in Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann.
The French forward was on target for United in their vital 4-2 win at Watford on Tuesday.
The Independent report Mourinho and his coaching staff believe the penny may have dropped with the 21-year-old who has now found a new level of consistency in his game.
Martial has scored eight goals so far this term in 20 appearances, that’s the same tally he produced for the whole of last season.
Mourinho was desperate to land Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic to provide service for Romelu Lukaku and considered offering forward as part of a potential deal to bag the Croatian last summer.
Martial is starting to win the trust of Mourinho, something that is vital to any United player having future at Old Trafford while the Portuguese man is in charge.
Reports emerged last season Martial was unhappy under Mourinho and was seeking a move away to Sevilla get more game time.
But the Portuguse responded by telling Martial to ignore his agent and “listen to me” in order to take his career to the next level.
The United boss is now reassessing his recruitment strategy over the next two transfer windows.
The Old Trafford top brass are confident Martial can become one of the world’s elite players over the next few years and may not need to take a tilt at Griezmann or Bale next summer.
Martial moved to United from Monaco in 2015 under former boss Louis Van Gaal and if performance targets are hit could cost up to £60million.
The youngster hit the ground running scoring on his debut agaimst Liverpool and went on to be club top scorer with 17 gaols in all competitions.