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Manchester United signs Anthony Martial to four-year contract

Manchester United completed the £36 million signing of Monaco forward Anthony Martial, making him the world's most expensive teenage player.
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Manchester United completed the £36 million ($55.1 million) signing of Monaco forward Anthony Martial, the team announced Tuesday.

Martial's contract is for four years with an option for a 12-month extension.

Martial, 19, is now the world's most expensive teenage player, as well as United's third-most expensive signing after Angel Di Maria (£59.7 million) and Juan Mata (£37.1 million).

The teenage sensation is the sixth signing for United this summer.

“I am so excited to be joining Manchester United,” Martial said. “I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and to join the biggest club in the world is what every young footballer dreams of.”

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United manager Louis Van Gaal said he has watched Martial develop immensely during his time with Monaco, and called the Frenchman a “naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential.”

Martial made 70 appearances for AS Monaco since joining the club in 2013 and has scored 15 goals. 

He was called up to France's senior national squad for the first time on Aug. 28.

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