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United confirm Martial deal on a four-year contract

Martial unveiled today at Manchester United. Credit: Manchester United.

Manchester United have announced the signing of forward Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year contract.

Louis van Gaal took his total expenditure as Manchester United manager to over a quarter of a billion pounds following the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco.

United failed in their last-minute bid to offload goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid on Monday night, but there were no late hiccups regarding Martial.

The Old Trafford club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon they had completed a deal to sign the 19-year-old French striker for a fee believed to be worth in excess of £36million.

Martial becomes the 12th signing of Van Gaal's reign. In total, the Dutchman has spent around £261million on new additions since he took over as manager last summer.

The 19-year-old also becomes the most expensive teenager in the history of football, eclipsing the £30million fee Van Gaal paid for Luke Shaw last year.

Monaco, who signed Martial from Lyon two years ago, rate the player highly, but the Ligue 1 club admitted United's offer was simply too good to turn down.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's website: "We wished to keep him this season but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse."

The forward, who scored 15 goals in 70 appearances for Monaco, has signed a four-year contract, with the option of another year.

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Wiggo to ride in Tour of Britain

Team Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins signs autographs for fans after winning the Madison during day three of the Revolution Series at Derby Arena. Credit: Press Association.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride in the Aviva Tour of Britain, which begins in Wales on Sunday, race organisers have announced.

The 2012 Tour de France champion returns to the race he won in 2013, despite his focus switching from the road to the track as the Rio Olympics approach.

The 35-year-old Lancashire star is bidding for a fifth Olympic gold next summer and a British record eighth medal in all.

Wiggins, who was third in the race in 2014, will lead his eponymous team in their first appearance in the race, which begins in Beaumaris and finishes in central London on September 13.

Anthony Martial's first club say good luck to United's record breaking teenager

Manchester United have agreed a fee of £36million for the 19-year-old Monaco striker Anthony Martial.

Martial was allowed to leave France's training camp to travel to Carrington for a medical earlier today.

Provided Martial passes those medical tests, he will become the most expensive teenager in football history.

The current most expensive teenager in world football is Luke Shaw, who signed for United for a fee that could rise to just over £30million last summer.

Martial's first club, Olympique Lyonnais, were the first to offer their congratulations.

Martial is a 19-year-old French striker who signed for Monaco from Lyon for just #3.7million two years ago.

The teenager, who can play either on the wing or up front, scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season. He has played three times for the Ligue 1 club so far this term.

United's pursuit of the player came completely out of the blue.

The club had been linked with the likes of Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Neymar and Edinson Cavani this summer, but they have decided to invest their money in Martial instead.

Reaction to De Gea transfer saga

David De Gea Credit: Press Association.

David De Gea's proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed as time ran out on Monday night.

The necessary paperwork was not lodged before the Spanish league deadline and United are understood to blame their Madrid counterparts.

Confirmation that two of the world's biggest clubs could not settle the deal led to much mirth on Twitter.

Here is a selection of reaction to the deal going belly up:

Spanish newspaper AS: "Now we are hearing that United did send the documents on time but in a format that couldn't be opened at the LFP. Windows 95?"

Footballer-turned-pundit Mark Bright responds to AS: "I mean, you can't make this stuff up....."

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David De Gea's move to Real Madrid collapses

David De Gea Credit: Action Images / Mark Avery

Manchester United insist Real Madrid are the ones to blame for a shock collapse of David de Gea's proposed move to the Bernabeu.

United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29million for the sale of the Spanish goalkeeper on Monday, with Keylor Navas coming to Old Trafford as part of the agreement.

But shortly after the 11pm deadline for European transfers it emerged the necessary paperwork had not been submitted in time and the deal had fallen through as a result.

United insist they uploaded the requisite documents to FIFA's Transfer Matching System before the deadline.

It is understood that United feel it was Madrid who failed to file their paperwork in time and believe they must take the blame for the deal's collapse.

Reports in Spain indicated the documents did not reach the Spanish league office until 28 minutes after the deadline. United have rejected that, claiming they have a time-stamp from FIFA as proof they submitted the documents before the deadline.

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