Things are changing fast at Old Trafford after Manchester United’s epic win over Liverpool, with a number of potential arrivals and departures likely before the transfer window is bolted shut.
Antony of Ajax and Cody Gakpo of PSV remain firmly on the radar. Erik ten Hag has made Antony a priority target but the Eredivisie club are playing hardball on the fee, and want €100m (£85m), having sold key players this summer.
Antony’s agent, Emerson Santos, set tongues wagging on Monday night with an Instagram story featuring his client watching United beat Liverpool on telly.
Gakpo is available for less than half the touted fee for Antony – and reports suggest United have even agreed personal terms with the winger.
Sergiño Dest of Barcelona – a player Ten Hag worked with at Ajax – has essentially been told to sling his hook by Xavi, so it’s not impossible the full-back heads for Old Trafford before the month is out.
To United’s outgoings and it seems that Eric Bailly is off to Marseille: reports in France say he will join the Ligue 1 club for an initial £8.4m. Marseille had also been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo – notably omitted for the rousing win over Liverpool – but the French club are now said to have scratched the idea.
But there may still be hope for Ronaldo’s dream of departing Old Trafford: Sporting Lisbon remain in the mix as a potential destination, although the Portuguese club aren’t keen to pay a transfer fee, which sounds like a potential stumbling block.