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Man United’s money is safe: Martial huge outsider for Golden Boot

| 02.09.2015

Manchester United may have shelled out a reported £36m for Monaco teenager Anthony Martial but the fee is unlikely to rise in the near future despite a raft of add-ons being included in the deal.

It has been widely reported that United will have to pay the Ligue 1 outfit a further €5m every time the Frenchman wins the Premier League’s Golden Boot – capped at a total of €15m.

However, if Ladbrokes’ latest odds are to be believed such payments are unlikely to be made in the near future, with the 19-year-old priced up at 66/1 to top the scoring charts this season.

In fact there are doubts about whether or not the world’s most expensive teenager will even be able to reach double figures in his debut campaign, with Ladbrokes setting Martial’s goal line at 8.5 and offering odds of 5/6 either way on the under/over market.

The fee involved in taking Martial to Old Trafford has raised a few eyebrows, but further investigation indicates that if United end up paying the potential £56m quoted by the papers the player will have proven his worth.

According to reports United have paid €30m up front and will pay a further €5m a year for the next four years totalling €50m (£36m).

Monaco will then receive a further €5m if he wins the Golden Boot (capped at €15m), €5m if he wins the Golden Boy award and €10m if he lands the Ballon d’Or.

This would mean a total of €80m (£56m) but if all that happens he’ll rightly be considered one of the best players in the world!

However, while such feats would indeed make the transfer fee seem worthwhile, Ladbrokes have priced Martial at just 9/2 to leave Old Trafford before the start of the 2016-17 season, so United fans might not want to start dreaming just yet.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.