On this day: Tottenham reportedly clinched stunning deal for Anthony Martial, now look at him

Monaco's Anthony Martial (R) challenges Paris St Germain's Thiago Da Silva

On this day 12 months ago: Manchester United striker Anthony Martial was reportedly close to moving from Monaco to Tottenham.

Monaco's Anthony Martial (R) challenges Paris St Germain's Thiago Da SilvaMonaco's Anthony Martial (R) challenges Paris St Germain's Thiago Da Silva

It is 12 months to the day that Tottenham Hotspur were claimed to have clinched a deal to sign promising Monaco striker Anthony Martial.

France Football reported on June 7 2015 that Spurs had struck an agreement worth 25 million Euros for the Frenchman, after an impressive season for the Ligue 1 side.

This would only prove to be the opening salvo in a summer saga which saw Martial end up signing with Manchester United.

Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Manchester United's Anthony MartialLeicester City's Danny Drinkwater in action with Manchester United's Anthony Martial

Tottenham's interest in Martial was rebuffed as Monaco convinced the striker to sign a new contract on June 26.

SkySports reported that Spurs had a 'strong interest' in the attacker, and negotiations took place, but Martial was not suitably swayed to push for a move.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial has a shot at goalManchester United's Anthony Martial has a shot at goal

 

At the time Tottenham did not have Champions League football to offer, nor particularly stratospheric wages or a transfer fee.

At the end of August, Manchester United used their financial muscle to clinch the deal Spurs could not get over the line.

The Red Devils could offer Martial Champions League football, and gave Monaco a huge transfer fee in excess of £35 million, potentially rising by a lot more.

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly in action with Manchester United's Anthony MartialCrystal Palace's Martin Kelly in action with Manchester United's Anthony Martial

 

Back to today, and Tottenham now have the advantage United do not, able to offer Champions League football, and could reflect that perhaps they could have pulled off a move.

Martial was a bright spot in a disappointing season overall for United, and looks an astute signing even with his heavy price tag, playing a key part in their run to win the FA Cup.

With an ability to play out wide as well as centrally, the French international could have been an outstanding complement to Harry Kane, and could potentially have helped Spurs clinch the title had he been playing for them this past season.

Spurs did have money, paying a combined £34 million to sign Heung-Min Son and Clinton N'Jie, who contributed little this past season, and they may reflect on whether they should have offered the lot to try and convince Monaco to sell.

How would Spurs have got on with Anthony Martial in attack last season?

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