New details have emerged unveiling the true cost of Anthony Martial's deadline-day move from Monaco to Manchester United, which could end up costing the Red Devils £58 million.
The Sun claims United paid £36 million cash for the player, but his contract contains three bonus clauses worth £7.2 million each, taking the potential fee to £57.6 million, per the Daily Star.
The clauses each relate to certain accomplishments being achieved in the next four years, including if Martial scores 25 goals during that span, racks up 25 caps for France or wins the Ballon d'Or before June 2019.
|Anthony Martial Manchester United Bonuses (to Monaco)|
|Score 25 goals in next four years||£7.2 million|
|Earn 25 France caps in next four years||£7.2 million|
|Win Ballon d'Or before June 2019||£7.2 million|
|The Sun (clauses must be achieved by June 2019)|
Martial's transfer makes him the most expensive teenager in history, but it wasn't long ago Eliaquim Mangala moved to Manchester City to become the Premier League's most expensive defender ever.
The former Porto star has struggled to settle in England since completing his own £32 million switch to England and has warned his international compatriot of the perils that await, per the Daily Star's Marc Williams:
It is up to him to do well on the pitch. The first season can be tough. The Premier League is a tough one - totally different and very difficult. I hope he will be well received.
I do not think that the amount of the transfer would be a problem. Obviously no one will look at him the same way anymore. United paid a lot of money for him. Let's see how he and people around him like the club or his family, deals with it, that's important. He must focus only on his football.
Mangala knows as well as any the pressures one can face after making the leap across leagues, with Martial facing a particular burden due to his age and the large sum paid out.
Breathe Sport attests to just how desperate Manchester United were to clinch the forward's services, jumping their offer up by more than double an initial £21.6 million:
The Daily Mail's Mike Keegan cited a Manchester United source claiming the English giants paid a premium in order to fend off competition from the likes of "Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain."
Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev also fancies Monaco's chances of earning the full £57.6 million for Martial, too, after Squawka quoted him proclaiming the three bonus clauses to be "very realistic."
With the player primed to earn his first France call-up, it's far from unimaginable Martial will earn 25 caps for his country in the next four years, an average of just over six caps per year.
It's also feasible the player will score 25 goals before June 2019, giving him more than three full seasons at Old Trafford to pull off the feat. Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News quoted Martial, who outlined his preference to play as a central striker:
That leaves a Ballon d'Or victory in the next four award ceremonies as the most seemingly difficult task for Martial, who'll be doing his best to impress and justify such a gargantuan figure.
In actuality, the £36 million may be the only figure critics need worry about, though, as Martial will be well on the way to justifying his fee should any or all of the bonus clauses be triggered.
So, while United would save money in payments to Monaco should that not be the case, they would almost certainly prefer to pay the extra £21.6 million in bonuses and have the star talent to show for it.
The add-ons make for an intriguing side story in Martial's quest to live up to the considerable expectations now in front of him, setting his Old Trafford career on its way with question marks afoot.