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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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Son saw 'sheer terror' on father's face at Hillsborough

Hillsborough victim Mr Baron was a retired postmaster from Preston.

The son of the oldest person to die in the Hillsborough disaster has told a court how he saw "sheer terror" on his father's face during the crush.

Gerard Baron junior said he tried to protect his father as the pressure of bodies became unbearable.

Mr Baron said: "My dad turned around to face me and he had a look of just sheer terror on his face... I just said to him that he would be ok."

The witness, who was 26 at the time of the 1989 disaster, went to the Liverpool match with Gerard Baron senior, a 67 year old retired postmaster from Preston.

Speaking via videolink from his home in Australia, Mr Baron jnr said he lost sight of his father after his arms buckled under the pressure.

The inquest heard a St John Ambulance volunteer tried to put an oxygen pipe through the pen fence into the pensioner's mouth but Mr Baron showed no obvious signs of life.

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.

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CCTV appeal after woman sexually assaulted in Liverpool shop

This man may have information which can help police investigate a sexual assault. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the sexual assault of a woman in Liverpool City Centre.

The victim was in a clothes shop at St John's Precinct on Saturday, August 8, when she was approached and sexually assaulted.

If you know this man, contact Merseyside Police. Credit: Merseyside Police.

“The victim was very distressed by what happened and reported the incident to us.

“As part of our on-going inquiries, we have issued CCTV images of a man who we think may have important which could help with our investigation.

“I would appeal to the man, or anyone who recognises him, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Inspector Phil Mahon, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information can call detectives in Liverpool on 0151 777 4808 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Watch: Trailer released ahead of Coronation Street's live special to mark 60-years of ITV

Coronation Street fans have been given a teaser of what they can expect from the live episode later this month.

The ITV drama will broadcast a live, one-hour long special programme to mark the network's 60th anniversary later this month.

Show bosses have titled the programme Nowhere Left To Run and say the programme will see David, Kylie and Sarah Platt pushed to the edge by evil drug dealer Callum Logan.

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