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Manchester United respond to Anthony Martial enquiry from Tottenham… and it’s not good news for Spurs

The Red Devils forward has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but United told the north London club they will have to pay a 'silly amount' to sign him

Manchester United have quoted Tottenham ‘silly prices’ if they want to sign forward Anthony Martial, according to reports.

Martial, 22, moved to Old Trafford in 2015 for an initial £36million but it is understood United will want to make significant profit should they sell the forward.

Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United according to his agent

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Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United according to his agent

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United responded to Tottenham’s enquiry by quoting an exceptionally high asking price.

In a SunSport exclusive earlier this month, we reported that United had placed a £100m price-tag on Martial.

The clubs failed to reach an agreement over the transfer of Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford.

And it seems negotiations have once again failed between the two, with Spurs unhappy with the price at which Manchester United value Martial.

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Sources believe both the Martial and Alderweireld sagas could “rumble on and on” with the Belgian defender yet to sign a new contract and Martial’s agent declaring his client’s desire to leave.

Both players’ contracts expire next summer but do have one-year extension options.

If Martial does leave, Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on reuniting with Chelsea winger Willian or bringing former Spurs man Gareth Bale to the club.

Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, spoke a fortnight ago and said that the forward, who was snubbed by Didier Deschamps for the France World Cup squad, had decided to leave Old Trafford.

Toby Alderweireld is rumoured to be going the other way, from Spurs to United

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Toby Alderweireld is rumoured to be going the other way, from Spurs to United

He said: “After thinking about all the possibilities and scenarios, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.

“There are many parameters, for now it’s premature to talk about it. Anthony will speak later to discuss all of this.

“Manchester United want to extend Anthony’s contract and do not want him to leave but we haven’t found an agreement despite several months of negotiations.
“I think that when Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world it must be remembered, do not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is because they do really want to make him an important player.

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Martial celebrates scoring against Tottenham in October 2017

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Martial celebrates scoring against Tottenham in October 2017

“That’s why this decision comes in. It is a well considered decision.

“However, it is quite obvious and it is very important to remember that he is under contract.

“Manchester United will have the last word and that we will respect the decision of the club, he will go to the end of its commitment.”

Premier League clubs have six weeks – until August 9 – to make transfers as the window shuts before the new season starts.