There comes a time when you either join in with the madness or simply walk away knowing that in walking away you haven’t placed the clubs’ financial future in jeopardy and that you remain totally in control.
Last summer, when Paris Saint-Germain broke the world transfer fee record, bringing the Brazilian striker Neymar to the club from Barcelona, it was suspected that the equilibrium, when it came to transfer fees, had been upset.
That has, in my opinion, certainly been the case.
Clubs, as a consequence of Neymar’s move, have seen transfer fees climb to such an extent whereby £30 million doesn’t buy you anything special these days.
To emphasise the point, let’s take a look at the Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Tottenham Hotspur, according to several news sources, including the Mirror, reputedly showing an interest in the French international.
Last season wasn’t one of Martial’s best, at times he found himself out of favour with Jose Mourinho and spent a lot of time on the bench.
His frustration according to the Daily Star, has seen him imply he would like to leave Old Trafford. A fact illustrated by the following social media comment:
???????????? Anthony Martial's agent : "Anthony is sad about his situation at Manchester. He loves the club and the fans, he showed it for 3 years. Without the great support from the fans, he would have already asked to leave the club." #MUFC #Martial
— Франсуа Пире (@F8Piraux) June 13, 2018
But, Manchester United, although Martial hasn’t been a regular starter in their first-team, aren’t going to let the player go cheaply.
According to our first source, the Mirror, Manchester United want something in the region of £75 million for the player, an exorbitant fee we believe.
But, as our source suggests, there are clubs interested in the player, big European clubs appear to be clamouring for his services with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain getting a mention.
Martial may turn out to be one of the best players in the world in years to come, but would I like to see Tottenham spend close to £75 million to bring the player to White Hart Lane this summer, most certainly not.
However, here at Vital Spurs, we’d be interested in your opinion on the player and whether Tottenham should pursue his signature, please feel free to drop your views into the comments facility beneath this article.