Manchester United have told Tottenham they’re wasting their time in attempts to sign Anthony Martial this summer.
The Frenchman has 12 months to run on his deal at Old Trafford, though the Red Devils are likely to activate a clause that extends his contract by a further year.
Jose Mourinho is keen to sell the 23-year-old to raise funds for a right winger but Ed Woodward believes Martial can realise his potential at the Theatre of Dreams and is unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival.
Tottenham believe they can finance a deal for Martial but United have told Spurs that he will not be sold to a rival, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Spurs know United are keen on signing Toby Alderweireld and believed they could talk United down from their £70m valuation of Martial.
The Frenchman left United’s tour of the United States earlier this week to attend the birth of his second child.
Martial is unlikely to fly back to the States for United’s next two matches and may only play one more pre-season game before United kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester City.
The Frenchman’s agent confirmed earlier this summer that Martial wants to leave the club after three years in the north-west.
Martial was enjoying a good run in the side before Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January and failed to score after the Chilean’s move to Old Trafford.
However, Mourinho has appeared to rule out selling Martial.