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Manchester United agree fee for Anthony Martial — reports

According to the British press, United will pay £36m for the Monaco prospect.

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Well, it's moving along, this one. First the French FA basically confirmed things, and now the English press reckon that a fee's been agreed. Here's a man from the Times to tell you more:

And here's a man from the Manchester Evening News to add a bit of flavour:

What to make of that "LVG scouting him for a year" claim? True? Or perhaps a little bit of spin from Old Trafford to counter suggestions (accusations, shrieks) that this is a panic buy? It's definitely a panic fee, no question about that. But might be this a mere overpayment for somebody who is, nevertheless, part of the plan?

No, probably not.