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Manchester United getting ready to fork out an extra £8.5m for Martial

By Tom Allnutt

Manchester United are set to pay £8.5m to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco the next time Anthony Martial scores due to a clause in the player's contract.

The Frenchman joined United in September 2015 for an initial £36m to become one of the most expensive teenagers in English football history.

However, it later emerged a series of clauses were written into the contract triggering payments as he reached a number of milestones at the club.

One such clause stated that United would be required to pay £8.5m to Monaco once Martial reached his 25th competitive goal for the side.

And after adding United's second in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Watford, he is now just one strike away from reaching that tally.

If his performance at the weekend is anything to go by, in which he plagued the Hornets relentlessly until his 80th-minute substitution, it's simply a matter of time before United hand over an additional £8.5m to Martial's former club.

Martial's overall price-tag could potentially increase to £62m on account of two more clauses which were inserted into the player's contract on arrival at Old Trafford.

United can expect to pay an additional £8.5m once the Frenchman reaches his 25th international appearance, taking the transfer fee to £52m.

One final payment, worth £10m, will be scheduled should Martial be shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or, bringing the total transfer cost to £62m.

Despite the prospect of an £8.5m payment looming, manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the youngster in the wake of United's Premier League victory against Watford.

"The Anthony Martial I want is the Anthony Martial of the last two weeks of training… and performs naturally the way he did today - or better because I think he misses a bit of confidence," he said.

"But he is working very well and I gave him the chance to start."

United host Saint-Étienne in the Europa League on Thursday.

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