Aside from Saido Berahino’s keyboard warrior antics, the story that dominated deadline day was Manchester United’s incredibly excessive £36 million capture of 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial from Monaco.
Yet to be fully capped by the French national side to boot, the former Lyon youngster is now officially the most expensive teenage signing of all-time usurping Luke Shaw who also ended up deciding to further his development at Old Trafford.
While Martial could turn out to prove he is worth every penny given he’s been likened to Thierry Henry so far in his career, the ridiculous £36 million fee serves to suggest just how inflated prices for strikers have become of late with very few world class ones being available this summer.
With the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham failing to land striking reinforcements on deadline day, United did act, albeit for a price that has been mocked in several quarters.
The overriding feeling the neutrals get in the Football Transfer Tavern on deadline day is just why on earth do clubs end up leaving it so late to conclude business that should’ve been dealth with in the weeks proceeding the mad scramble – just ask David De Gea!
With a firm amount of pressure now set to be placed upon the teenage Martial’s shoulders following his asking price, we take a look at five alternative signings that could’ve provided Louis van Gaal more value for money this past summer transfer window.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 strikers Manchester United should’ve signed instead of Anthony Martial this summer.