Manchester United are targeting Brazilian goal machine Gabriel Barbosa and may be willing to part with £86million flop Antony in exchange.
The 23-year-old has had a torrid start to the new season as he's yet to score in 11 games in all competitions. Patience with the winger seems to be wearing thin in Manchester, following reports the Premier League giants would offer his services on loan in order to secure the signature of the Flamengo striker, according to The Mirror.
Nicknamed 'Gabigol', the 27-year-old has become a fan favourite at the club having scored 153 goals in 265 games during his six-year stint with the side. The Sao Paulo native – who is currently dating Neymar's sister Rafaella – would add some much-needed firepower to a faltering Manchester United team who have scored just 12 goals in the Premier League.
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Marcus Rashford – who scored 30 goals last season – has netted just once as Scott McTominay leads Man United in goals in the league while his midfield partner Casemiro ranks first in goals in all competitions, which is quite the indictment on the club's forward line.
Entering the January transfer window is a desperate for a club in turmoil but until Sir Jim Ratcliffe's purchase of a 25% share of the club is finalised, United can only consider cut-price deals as they attempt to navigate Financial Fair Play regulations.
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Barbosa has scored 20 goals for Flamengo in all competitions and is said to be available for £20m due to his contract ending at the end of 2024. The top-flight side are reportedly interested in bringing in Antony on loan as a replacement for the striker.
It's a deal Man United may consider due to Antony's disappointing performances this season on back of allegations of domestic abuse. The £86m man only joined the club in 2022 and with his contract lasting until 2027, a permanent deal for the Brazil international looks unlikely.
Should Barbosa join the Premier League, it would be his second foray in European football having joined Inter Milan in 2016 but played just 10 games for the Serie A side before enjoying several loans in Portugal and Brazil.
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