Three ways Manchester United can still get deal for Antony done

Manchester United have not given up on a deal for Ajax winger Antony, report Talksport.

But with a £70 million price tag placed on the Brazilian international, something needs to change for United to get a deal over the line.

Antony is a player Erik ten Hag knows well, and like Lisandro Martinez, the United boss is seeking to sign the player for the second time.

Here is a look at three ways Manchester United can still get the deal for Antony done before the transfer deadline.

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Swap deal

£70 million is a price United consider excessive, and so it makes sense for the club to try and lower this price tag by offering players in part exchange, possibly just on loan.

For instance, Amad could be a like for like replacement and United could even make this a two-year loan deal to show some patience with the Ivorian’s development.

Facundo Pellistri would be another option if Ajax preferred him, while Alvaro Fernandez is another player who might prove tempting for Ajax.

One player connected with a move to Ajax in recent days is right-back Ethan Laird, with Dutch journalist Gerstan Hamstelaar claiming the Eredivisie champions are keen on the United prospect.

One or two of these players moving to Ajax on loan could create a bit of goodwill between the clubs, making Ajax feel it is not all one-way traffic, and knock £5-10 million off the price tag, potentially.

Antony forces move

United are waiting this one out at present, knowing they have until September 1. There is time for Antony to become ‘difficult’ at Ajax and start to demand a transfer.

This worked for Lisandro Martinez, and Antony could take it a step further and refuse to play. This previously worked in 2017 for Davinson Sanchez, who forced a move away from Ajax after going on strike.

Antony is back in training after injury but has not yet played any pre-season matches for Ajax. The Times reports Antony is ‘determined’ to sign for United and reunite with Erik ten Hag.

It’s up to Antony to show how desperate he really is, and force a move to United by continuing to agitate for a move behind the scenes. Ajax may consider they are better off without him.

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United player sales

£70 million seems like a lot of money, quite simply because it is. But United can offset some of this by cashing in on unwanted players.

The likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams should be sold on to raise funds, and then there is the considerable dilemma of what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s sale would increase United’s need to sign an attacker, and Antony’s versatility would come in useful. An exit for the number 7 would knock £26 million per year off the wage bill.

Some of these sales may take a two or three weeks to materialise, but when they do, United can become more aggressive with a potential deal for Antony.

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