That move failed to materialised, and after Martial had joined Manchester United at the end of the 2015 window, French newspaper L’Equipe said Tottenham had actually put forward an improved €40m, only to see it knocked back.
Yet, despite numerous reports over the past 12 months reporting that Martial and Mourinho were not seeing eye-to-eye, the former Monaco youngster is not for sale, it appears, with Tottenham failing with a bid for the forward.
He was linked with a departure from Old Trafford this summer, with PSG, Sevilla, and Inter Milan all being linked at some point, and now Tottenham have made their interest solodmby lodging an official bid.
The 21-year-old was forced to cope with the ignominy of being stripped of the No.9 shirt upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival last summer and has steadily slipped down the Special One’s pecking order.
Anthony Martial is struggling to make an impact at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho. Martial ruined the Madrid defence in assisting Jesse Lingard, to which a phlegmatic Mourinho responded by asking Martial for more consistency.
Spurs have yet to sign anyone this season, and their issues are compounded by the sale of Kyle Walker to Man City and the unhappiness of Danny Rose, who has complained over a lack of transfer activity and the club’s relatively stringent wage policy.
For whatever reason, Martial didn’t enjoy a good first season with Jose Mourinho and that fairly led to questions about the player’s future.