Manchester United have slapped a £75million price-tag on unhappy striker Anthony Martial to scare off rival clubs.
United want the youngster to stay and are trying to fend off interest from Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid by demanding so much money.
Their valuation is too much for Spurs, and although no bids have been tabled so far United are keen to kill speculation about Martial’s future.
However, the striker has already rejected talks over a new contract, with his frustration growing at spending too much time on the bench.
The 22-year-old joined from Monaco in a £58m deal three years ago, and made an instant impact with a stunning winner against Liverpool on his debut.
But since Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager in summer 2016, Martial has struggled to impose himself and grab a regular starting spot.
That led to him being left out of the France squad for this World Cup in Russia by boss Didier Deschamps and in a recent outburst – which didn’t go down well at Old Trafford – Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley insisted his client wants to leave.
Martial has two years left on his contract and having made such a huge outlay, United transfer boss Ed Woodward is in no hurry to cut the Frenchman loose.
Mourinho questioned Martial’s application last season – and the pair have an uneasy relationship that is behind his desire for a fresh start.