Monaco have admitted it was impossible to say no to Manchester United's offer for Anthony Martial, with the youngster finalising his move to Old Trafford in the final minutes of the transfer window.
The deal is believed to be worth around £36m ($55m), although Manchester United are yet to release a definitive figure for the deal. At just 19 years of age, a lot of pressure is placed on the striker's shoulders at such a young juncture.
Monaco have admitted the France U21 international has a lot to offer, saying they wish they could have kept him at the club.
Vice president Vadim Vasilyev told the official Monaco website: "We wished to keep him this season but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse. Our project showcases many players and Anthony has proven his worth and potential on the pitch.
"Though this move was not planned, it shows the quality of the work undertaken by the technical staff but also that we were right to recruit him two years ago. We wish Anthony the best for the next chapter in his career."
This announcement comes on the back of rumours that Monaco upped the asking fee for Martial by £15m after they realised United were desperate to land the youngster.
If Martial does not reach the levels suggested by his fee, Louis van Gaal's boys would have to rely on Wayne Rooney up front, a player in the worst form of his career.
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