Manchester United ‘Will Owe 50 Percent’ Of Profits On Martial Sale

Monaco Due Bih Chunk Of Any Proceeds Claims Report

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Manchester United must hand over half the profits they make on any sale of Anthony Martial.

The France international has played just 60 minutes of football so far this season as Jose Mourinho continues to overlook him. Martial’s downturn in fortunes began at the end of January when the club signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Martial spent less time in the side and more time on the bench as a result.

United signed Martial from Monaco in the summer of 2014 for an initial fee of £38million. At least one additional clause worth €10million (around £8million at the time) has been triggered with another clause already in the contract that could would kick in if he is nominated for the Ballon D’Or.

But according to The Sun, United will have to pay 50 percent of any profits over to Monaco. It means they would have to sell him for £100million to generate a profit of £30million. Hence, the United board have ruled out the option of a transfer.

Whether The Sun’s story is correct is open to question. Sources at Monaco revealed the terms of the deal at the time of Martial’s move to Manchester United. But there was no mention of the profit-share element of the transfer at a time when the French club were looking to justify the sale of one of their most promising youngsters for the best price possible.

Martial was strongly linked this summer with a move away from Old Trafford. However, he renewed the lease on his mansion at Hale, not far from United’s training complex, in a sign that he looks set to remain at the club for at least another year.

Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have all shown an interest in Martial since the prospect of a move was revealed. La Liga side Sevilla were keen on a loan deal in January 2017 but were knocked back by Jose Mourinho.