According to The Daily Star, Tottenham look set to face a battle from German giants Bayern Munich for the services of forward Anthony Martial. The Manchester United ace has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for much of the summer, although Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are not thought to be keen on meeting his hefty valuation.
Yet with Bundesliga champions and European heavyweights Bayern now thought to be in the running, the time to act is now for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who simply has to meet the 22-year-old’s valuation.
Ultimately, Martial endured a tough campaign under Jose Mourinho last time round in starting just 18 Premier League games for the Red Devils, eventually finishing the season with 45 appearances in all competitions, of which just 26 were starts.
And while he still managed to net 11 times in all competitions for the North West giants, it was pretty clear that the France international was growing increasingly frustrated with life at Old Trafford, to the point that he reportedly wants out this summer such was his testing season.
Missing out on selection for this summer’s World Cup would have likely played a part in his decision, but with United reportedly holding out for around £70 million for the supremely talented forward, Spurs aren’t thought to be keen on stumping up that much cash.
But given the incredible amount of talent and bags of potential Martial has, alongside Bayern’s recent interest, it’s a deal Pochettino’s men simply must seek to strike this summer if they are to begin challenging for major honours on a regular basis.
The 22-year-old may have struggled at United last term, but one mustn’t forget the impact he had when he first arrived in England back in 2015, with Martial netting an impressive 18 goals in his first season at Old Trafford, as well as laying on 11 assists.
Thus, it’s clear that there is genuine ability in the Frenchman just waiting to be unlocked, and under someone like Pochettino, who gives young players the chance to shine in the first team, and is indeed willing to back them, he could seriously flourish.
Importantly though, spending £70 million on the 22-year-old would be the clearest indication yet that Spurs are serious about challenging the biggest clubs in both England and indeed Europe for the biggest titles, with many in the Tavern feeling that their unwillingness to spend and indeed pay the big wages is what is chiefly holding them back.
Yes, £70 million may seem pretty steep for the 22-year-old, but when one considers how much he has already proven in English football, and how much better he is likely to get under Pochettino, it is probably the going-rate for a player of his calibre.
As such, with Bayern reportedly keen on the Frenchman, the time to act is now for Tottenham to stump up the cash to lure Martial to North London.
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