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Tottenham set to begin talks with Manchester United over Anthony Martial transfer

Man Utd set to begin talks with Premier League rival over Anthony Martial transfer
Tottenham hope to beat Chelsea and Arsenal to Anthony Martial (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham are set to begin talks with Manchester United over a summer move for unsettled winger Anthony Martial, according to reports.

A number of clubs have expressed interest in signing Martial, 22, with his future at Old Trafford far from clear.

The Red Devils signed Martial from Monaco in 2015 for an initial £36million but Jose Mourinho has shown a lack of faith in the Frenchman over the past two years.

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Alexis Sanchezs arrival at Old Trafford in January has not helped Martials cause and he is now being strongly linked with a departure during the summer transfer window.

Chelsea and Arsenal are both admirers of the player but the Daily Mail say Tottenham are at the front of the queue and are ready to begin negotiations with United chiefs.

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Mauricio Pochettino put pressure on Spurs board to sign his top transfer targets last month and he will expect the club to deliver after signing a new five-year deal and snubbing interest from Real Madrid.

Man Utd set to begin talks with Premier League rival over Anthony Martial transfer
Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Martial his marquee summer signing (Picture: Getty)

Martial was left out of Frances squad for the 2018 World Cup meaning a deal could be finalised swiftly if the two clubs agree on a fee.

That is no guarantee, however, as United will hope to recoup the majority of the money they spent on Martial three years ago and Daniel Levy is a fierce negotiator.

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Tottenham have improved under Pochettino but he expects to spend around £100m on signings this summer to take the team to the next level.

Spurs finished third in the Premier League last season – above Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – and were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus.

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