In the fallout from their disastrous transfer deadline day, The Sun have revealed the details of Man Utd's €80m payment structure for Anthony Martial - and the details are very surprising. In negotiating with Monaco, United agreed that they would pay €50m up-front for Martial - a world-record for a teenager - followed by €10m if he scores 25 goals in the next four seasons (an average of 6.25 goals a season), €10m if he makes 25 international appearances in the next four seasons, and an additional €10m if he wins the Ballon d'Or in the next four seasons.
This deal represents an enormous risk for United and for Louis van Gaal, whose failure to lure a big-name target to Old Trafford has resulted in the club paying way over the odds for a 19-year old with one full season under his belt. So far, Van Gaal has spent close to £270 million during his tenure as manager, with very little to show from his marquee signings, and another failure on the scale of Angel di Maria will not be acceptable if he wants to return United to their former glories. If Anthony Martial does live up to his billing, United could once again be a force to be reckoned with, but if he doesn't, that €80m pricetag may be the final straw for the Dutchman.