Premier League Star Winger Could Join Arsenal for Shock £40m Deal

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Arsene Wenger is considering a bid for Manchester United youngster Anthony Martial, according to reports.

The Arsenal boss has placed the French forward, 21, on his summer wishlist – should the Gunners miss out on Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Mail, Wenger is prepared to pay £40million for Martial, who fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho last season.

But Wenger realises that long-time rival Mourinho will never agree to sell Martial to him – and hopes to go above his head to get the deal done.

The report claims that the Arsenal boss wants negotiations to take place at board room level, and hopes to convince Manchester United’s hierarchy that it would be foolish to reject such a big bid for a reserve.

Martial became the world’s most expensive teenager when Louis van Gaal splashed out £36m to bring him to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015.

That whopping fee also has clauses that could see the total price rocket to £58m – if Martial scored a certain number of goals and won the Ballon d’Or.

But after a brilliant first season at Old Trafford, where he scored 17 goals, including a debut goal against rivals Liverpool, Martial struggled last season.

He was in and out of the side, making just 18 Premier League starts, and ended the season with only eight goals in all competitions.

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