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Reports from the Daily Mail suggest Arsene Wenger is set to push his luck with a £40million ($50.95m) bid for out of favour star Anthony Martial from Manchester United.
However, 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.
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.
The Frenchman is seriously frustrated due to lack of play time at Manchester United under new manager Jose Mourinho last season, making just 18 Premier League starts and scoring only four goals – he had eight in all competitions.
Monaco spent €5million to buy him after just four games for Lyon. Scored his first professional goal against Rennes in November 2013.
He Scored 12 goals in his first full season for Monaco, before Manchester United decided to splash out £36m, with the potential to rise to £58m, making him the most expensive teenager ever bought.
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.
Arsenal are also linked with Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe after a successful season with the French club having guided them to win the Ligue 1 title last season ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.