Earlier on, we reported on L’Equipe’s claims that Manchester United had started the process to buy Martial on the 26th of August.
Contacting the player’s entourage, United made them aware of their interest in the young striker, while the move was helped by Monaco’s lack of ambition and exit from the Champions League.
L’Equipe, in the same article, explain that the first meeting between United and Martial’s representatives happened the next day, on the 27th of August.
Meant to be in London, the meeting eventually happened in some offices in Paris, right next to La Gare du Nord train station.
The meeting reportedly took five hours, during which Didier Deschamps had announced Martial would be, for the first time, called up to the France first-team.
The foundations of a four year contract + option for one more were drawn, and Martial’s representatives got the reassurances they were looking for.
United’s representative, their chief scout, according to L’Equipe, were adamant the player would play an important part at the club straight away.
If that wasn’t enough, Louis Van Gaal even rang Martial on the Saturday morning (29th of August) to discuss things further.
While he had considered using Morgan Schneiderlin as his translator for the phone call, L’Equipe say one of Martial’s relatives stepped up to help.
The call was made to establish a few details: where he would play on the pitch, if he was comfortable playing behind the striker or down the left, what he was used to training wise etc…
Louis Van Gaal even asked, jokingly, if the player went out a lot in the evening, a worry put to bed straight away by Martial’s father.
The 15-minute conversation reportedly ended with Van Gaal saying: “See you Monday.”
And he did.
Martial was so convinced he contacted AS Monaco's president and pleaded for permission to accept the transfer.