So who can the Red Devils look at instead to fill a void on the right wing and provide extra balance to United’s attack?
With Leeds winger Raphinha also set to cost £65 million, Manchester United need to be more prudent amid splashing out on Frenkie de Jong in midfield, and also needing to bear in mind needs at other positions.
United need a winger who can score goals and create them, helping Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, and who can handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.
Two top right wing options
United don’t have to spend anywhere near the proposed £69 million to sign a right winger. There are a couple of standout options the club could sign for half that price, £35 million or even less.
Marco Asensio – Real Madrid are preparing to offload Marco Asensio this summer as he has just one year remaining on his contract.
Asensio is coming off the best goalscoring season of his career in which he struck 12 goals for Real.
The Mirror report United have already been offered the chance to sign Asensio, who moved to Jorge Mendes’ agency earlier in 2022.
Asensio, 26, still has many good years left ahead of him. He has plenty of experience at Real, including a goal in the Champions League final.
AS report Asensio is available for 40 million Euros, which works out at £34 million. His combination of talent and experience makes him an intriguing, safe option for United, to support the development of Facundo Pellistri and Amad.
Otavio – Another ‘ready now’ winger able to come in and potentially make an instant impact is Porto winger Otavio.
Otavio has also just enjoyed a career best season with Porto, in which he provide 11 assists, also scoring five times.
The 27-year-old also scored the crucial opening goal in Portugal’s World Cup play-off semi-final against Turkey, upstaging Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has a release clause in his contract of £34 million, making him another sensibly priced option for United to add to the team.
Antony is an exciting player, and would be a great signing if United could do it for around £40 million, but with Ajax setting a price tag much higher, either Otavio or Marco Asensio could turn out to be better options, if they enable United to add players in defence too, or bring in an extra midfielder.