Where next for Antony? De Jong on the move?

Manchester United bosses are said to have been working on multiple deals over the last few weeks, with multiple deals in progress. It is thought that United plan to have their signings in place prior to the pre-season tour, which kicks-off against Liverpool on the 12th July. United are thought to have approximately £120m available to revitalise their squad, whilst ten Hag is also expected to utilise much of the squad and help struggling players regain their form.


United manager Erik ten Hag has been handed a boost in his pursuit for Ajax winger, Antony. The Brazilian managed an impressive 4 assists in just 7 games in this Champions League campaign, whilst also managing to muster up 2 goals. Ten Hag is believed to have wanted to bring the Brazilian with him to Old Trafford from as early as his interview with club executives, with sources suggesting that a key component to his interview was his desire to bring Antony with him to the club.


It is believed that Antony is rated at around £50m by Ajax, however United sources are confident that a deal could be struck for just over £40m, in line with the United hierarchy's insistence that they will not pay over the odds for any player this Summer. Sources have indicated that Antony's camp have provided the green light for a move, with manager Erik ten Hag being a key factor in his decision. Liverpool also held an interest in the player, however the signing of Darwin Nunez seems to have put an end to the interest. United are believed to be the only team currently in the race for the Brazilian.


Frenkie de Jong is also a player United are strongly linked with. United bosses have been in formal talks with Barcelona representatives for multiple weeks over a deal for the Dutchman. The midfielder was a key part of Ajax's semi-final run during the 18/19 season, with de Jong believed to be hugely admired by ten Hag. De Jong is believed to be valued at close to £75m by Barcelona, with Spanish reports even suggested it could be closer to £85m. United are insistent that they will not act as a bailout for Barcelona, despite their financial hardships. Personal terms would not be an issue for the Dutchman, with United already receiving the green light to go forward with a move. It is thought that the player would be among the highest earners at the club, should United move forward with a move. United sources have not ruled out abandoning a move for the Dutchman, however, with United believed to have multiple alternatives in place, should an agreement not be found.



Ajax defender Jurrien Timber is also believed to be rated in very high regard by Erik ten Hag. Timber is believed to have reached an agreement with United regarding personal terms, although the player wants guarantees regarding his playing time and position from ten Hag before putting pen to paper. However, an agreement with Ajax regarding the fee has been put on the backburner until the matters with Frenkie de Jong have been resolved. It is thought that United bosses want to ensure a reasonable fee is agreed with Barcelona, as the deal for de Jong could significantly impact the kitty available for other incomings. United do, however, remain confident that a deal will be struck with all parties, and that Jurrien Timber will be a Manchester United player.



United also hold interest in Christian Eriksen. As per David Ornstein, United have offered the Denmark international a contract, given he is a free agent this summer. The player is also thought to have an offer from Tottenham Hotspur, with an opportunity to reunite with his former manager, Antonio Conte. It is thought that the arrival of Eriksen may pave the way for an exit of an already established attacking midfielder at United over the next transfer windows.


United are also monitoring the developments of multiple other players across the Dutch and Portugese leagues. It is thought that Vítor Vitinha, who has a £35m release clause, is being monitored as a potential alternative to Frenkie de Jong. United are thought to be the most interested side in the player, however a deal is not imminent, nor is anything advanced currently - contrary to reports. The midfielder has made 30 appearances for Porto this season, and is described as "untouchable". There is no chance that a deal could be negotiated. If United want the midfielder, the release clause will have to be paid. Tyrell Malacia and Matheus Nunes are also of United's interest, as potential additions at left back and central midfield, respectively. It is thought these interests are separate from any ongoing deals, however may be dependent on sales before a deal can be sanctioned.


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