Why Anthony Martial’s goal cost Manchester United millions

12 Octobre, 2018, 06:24 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Martial's equaliser against Newcastle triggered a clause in his contract entitling his former club Monaco to an £8.73 million windfall

To Jose Mourinho the goal may well prove to be priceless with regards to keeping his job at Old Trafford, yet the bean counters behind the scenes are feeling the pinch after Anthony Martial's equaliser against Newcastle United cost Manchester United10 million euros.

The France forward's 76th minute equaliser at Old Trafford on Saturday was his 25th Premier League goal for the club and triggered a clause in his contract entitling his former club Monaco to a €10 million (£8.73 million) windfall.

The strike was Martial's first Premier League goal of the season, and his 25th since joining Manchester United from Monaco in 2015.

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The Red Devils paid a reported £36 million to sign the then-teenager from the principality club in September 2015, but that fee was always expected to rise in accordance with certain conditions being met. His previous league goal was against Burnley on January 20.

Monaco will also be paid add-ons of €10m if Martial reaches 25 caps for France - he's now on 18 - and if he is nominated for the Ballon d'Or. The Ballon d'Or ship has sailed, while Martial needs seven Les Bleus caps in the next seven months to hit 25.

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