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France give Anthony Martial permission to sign for Man Utd in £58m deal

Manchester United are close to reinforcing their attacking options with a huge £58 million deal for Monaco forward Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old, who was recently called into the French senior squad by Didier Deschamps, played for Monaco in their 3-0 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night.

But the French club have accepted an offer of £36m for the forward, with reports suggesting that the total price including add-ons couldbe as much as £58.3m. That would make Martial the second most expensive player in Premier League history, behind Angel Di Maria who cost £59.7m when United signed him from Real Madrid one year ago.

Either way, Martial will become the most expensive teenager in the history of football.

And now the French Football Federation have confirmed they have given the player permission to break off from their training camp and travel to England to complete his move to United.

A statement read: “Anthony Martial arrived on Monday at 11:00 at the gathering of the France team at Clairefontaine. He requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United.

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“Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has agreed to the request of the player. Anthony Martial left Clairefontaine on Monday at 12:00. He will return on Tuesday morning.”

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