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Manchester United Closing In On Signing £40 Million Right-Winger

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Manchester United Closing In On Signing £40 Million Right-Winger

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Ajax's highly rated winger Antony, with the deal costing £40 million for Erik ten Hag's side, according to reports.

The wide man was one of Ten Hag's key men in a successful campaign last year which saw them lift the Eredivisie for the second season running.

He earned a very respectable 12 goals and 10 assists in 32 appearances, including six direct goal contributions coming in Ajax's Champions League fixtures.

Alongside Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong, Antony is one of his former manager's prime targets in the summer window.

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Erik ten Hag in conversation with Antony (Alamy)
Erik ten Hag in conversation with Antony (Alamy)

The Dutch manager needs to bolster his squad at Old Trafford after the Reds finished sixth in the Premier League last season.

De Jong would help towards solving the long-standing midfield issues that have been at the club, while Antony could be the solution behind United's torrid history with wingers who prefer the left hand side.

Left-footed, quick as a whistle, and having the flair to go alongside it, Antony would be the first natural right-winger at the club in a number of years.

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Antony of Ajax has been linked with a Manchester United move. (Alamy)
Antony of Ajax has been linked with a Manchester United move. (Alamy)

Neil Custis' report from The Sun has claimed that United are closing in on the deal for the Brazilian.

It adds that United officials are due in Amsterdam on Tuesday, in attempts to get the player over the line.

If the Reds are able to get a deal done for the 22-year-old winger, it will be a huge relief for supporters around the world who thought the club forgot how to purchase players.

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They've watched Manchester City and Liverpool coup two of the world's most exciting forwards in the latest weeks.

While a deal for Frenkie de Jong has looked to be in limbo recently, with both clubs keeping their cards firmly against their chests.

Manchester United have operated with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga all on the right wing over the last year.

Marcus Rashford had his worst season during the 2021/22 campaign. (Alamy)
Marcus Rashford had his worst season during the 2021/22 campaign. (Alamy)
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However, all three prefer playing their football on the left in this United team.

This could change if United become less left-side dominant in their play under Ten Hag, with Sancho being a comfortable operator on either side, but works best when he has combinations to play when on the ball.

Antony could be a breath of fresh air for supporters whose last recollection of a top class right winger at Old Trafford being Antonio Valencia.

With important weeks ahead in regard to the De Jong transfer, being able to have two players entering the Theatre of Dreams before United jet off to their first pre-season match would be a huge plus for Ten Hag ahead of the new season.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Transfers, Erik Ten Hag, Antony, Ajax, Football, Premier League

Cain Smith
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