Manchester United transfer news: Antony unveiling, Cody Gakpo latest, Cristiano Ronaldo and more


Antony

Manchester United have confirmed that they have reached an agreement worth up to €100m with Ajax for Antony.

The deal will see United pay a guaranteed €95m (£81.3m), plus a further €5m (£4.2m) in add-ons, subject to a medical, finalising personal terms and international clearance, according to The Independent’s Mark Critchley.

Antony will become the second player to follow manager Erik ten Hag from the Dutch champions to Old Trafford following defender Lisandro Martinez. United paid an initial €57.37m (£48.3m) for the Argentina international – a fee that could rise by a further €10m to around £56.7m – and Ajax are now set to land an even bigger windfall.

Antony will become the second-most expensive transfer in United’s history, following the world record-breaking £89.6m arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016

The Brazil international becomes the second-most expensive signing in United’s history, behind only the world record-breaking £89.6m arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.

Antony, along with the arrival of Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, is expected to be the final addition to Ten Hag’s squad of the summer.

Martin Dubravka

Martin Dubravka is also on the brink of moving to Old Trafford after Newcastle and Manchester United agreed terms on a loan deal with an option to buy. The goalkeeper is set to undergo his medical today. United have been insistent on a loan with an option to buy the 33-year-old Slovakian for around £5m, and Dubravka will provide competition for long-time No 1 David de Gea.

Interest has reportedly cooled over the Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp after the club demanded €25m.

Cody Gakpo

After announcing an agreement had been reached with Ajax for Antony and with Dubravka set for his medical, United’s transfer business in terms of incomings looks to be complete. United had been interested in PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, throughout the summer. Another winger with significant potential, the 23-year-old may still be a target in the future, but the signing of Antony is likely to end any chances of a move this summer.

United may be forced into action if there is competition before the deadline, however. There are a number of clubs circling Gakpo following PSV’s exit from the Champions League, with Everton and Leeds joining Southampton. The Telegraph report PSV rejected a bid of around £25m from Southampton earlier this week.

Memphis Depay

Depay is expected to rip up his contract with Barcelona and join Juventus this summer. United had reportedly explored the idea of bringing back the Dutch international to Old Trafford, but that deal is now off.

Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United’s summer-long pursuit of Frenkie de Jong is over. Having worked under Ten Hag at Ajax, Miguel Delaney reported last month that De Jong favours a move but is waiting for Barcelona to pay deferred wages as the Catalan club continues to face financial difficulties.

Barcelona may still need to sell De Jong to make their strange summer of business work – as Karl Matchett explains.

Other enquiries…

The club have supposedly enquired about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon in recent days, according to the Athletic.

Who could leave?

Manchester United have moved to silence rumours of a Cristiano Ronaldo move to Sporting Lisbon.

CaughtOffiside tweeted on Thursday that a Ronaldo return to Sporting Lisbon was ‘99 per cent done’ but an Old Trafford source told the Daily Mail that the 37-year-old striker is still expected to stay with the Red Devils this summer. Ronaldo has also been linked with Marseille and Napoli as his agent Jorge Mendes looks to secure him Champions League football this year, while he still considers Chelsea a possible destination.

Marseille have signed defender Eric Bailly on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. According to reports, the deal includes an obligation to buy if add-ons are met while Marseille will also cover the 28-year-old’s full wages during the course of the loan.

Bailly’s departure could be the precursor to a true defensive exodus at the club – The Telegraph report that Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are all available.

Wan-Bissaka’s departure could necessitate the addition of another full-back: Barcelona’s Sergino Dest has been linked.

Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admits that time may be up for Harry Maguire at Old Trafford. The £85m defender has endured a difficult time since moving to the club and was dropped for games against Liverpool and Southampton.

The Sun says that Erik ten Hag has told Maguire he is no longer first choice at centre-back and with rumours saying that Chelsea could start to pursue Maguire, Evra reckons his old side should cash in.

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“I can say people are too harsh on Harry Maguire, but he is paying the price for his transfer fee.” said the Frenchman, “From that day, I said he is going to have the most difficult season for United because people only looked at the price. If we bought him for £5m, people would say he’s an amazing centre-back. We all have bad games but now we’ve got to a point where even if he has a good game people are not happy.

“So there’s a negativity around him.”

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