The French Football Federation (FFF) appear to have confirmed Manchester United's interest in Anthony Martial by revealing that the AS Monaco forward has been temporarily released from international duty in order to sign a contract at Old Trafford.
Martial, previously a key summer target for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, only signed a new one-year extension to his current deal in June and is under contract with the Ligue 1 club until 2019. Despite that, rumours of an imminent move to English football have begun to gather serious momentum once more after it was revealed by multiple sources on 30 August that United had opened talks over a £36m ($55.4m) deal following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Swansea.
While neither club have yet to provide any official comment on negotiations, the FFF have now announced publicly that the 19-year-old's request to take a brief leave of absence from the senior French squad due to contest friendlies against Portgual and Serbia next month has been granted by manager Didier Deschamps.
"Anthony Martial was presented Monday at 11am at the gathering of the France team at Clairefontaine," the governing body announced in an official statement released via their official website. "He requested from Didier Deschamps permission to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United. Given the exceptional circumstances, the coach has acceded to the request of the player."
The FFF further confirm that Martial, who has represented France at various youth levels up to and including U21 but has yet to be handed his first senior cap, will return to the squad's Clairefontaine base on 1 September. United's next Premier League match is at home to fierce rivals Liverpool on 12 September.