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Sky Sports: Man Utd “pushing” to sign “incredible” £79m gem, he’s better than Elanga

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Manchester United are believed to be readying another offer for Ajax winger Antony, having thus far been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the Brazil international.

What’s the word?

According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the Red Devils are ready to raise their offer for the 22-year-old, having reportedly seen an 80m (£67m) bid turned down earlier this month.

Writing on Twitter about that potential fresh approach, the transfer insider stated:

Manchester United pushing to sign Antony. In talks, they’ve told Ajax they are prepared to raise their offer. Told the offer would see United increase fee & raise initial payment. Player wants to join and has made that clear to Ajax.”

Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst has also since reported that the Old Trafford outfit are set to submit another offer for the nine-cap wizard, with that fee potentially set to be in the region of 94m (£79m).

The player himself has already seemingly given his backing to the move, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently revealing that personal terms have already been agreed.

Better than Elanga

It looks as if a deal to bring the “incredible” talent – as previously dubbed by Erik ten Hag – to England is again gathering pace, with United potentially set to finally bolster their attacking ranks in what could be a hectic end to the window.

While it may be a significant outlay for a player who has been plying his trade in a less competitive league in Holland, it seemingly represents just how desperate Ten Hag is to reunite with the forward, with the youngster providing the added bonus of being familiar with the Dutchman’s style of play.

Although notable improvements were made in the 2-1 triumph over Liverpool on Monday evening, those at the Theatre of Dreams will not be getting carried away just yet, with further additions required to put last season’s misery behind them.

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Bringing in Antony would offer stronger competition for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho on the flanks, with his quality seemingly above that of academy graduate Anthony Elanga.

While the Sweden international registered an assist for Sancho’s opener in the victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side, the 20-year-old was notably withdrawn at half-time by his new boss, having also missed a clearcut opportunity early in the first half.

Thurst into the spotlight by interim boss Ralf Rangnick last season, Elanga had been something of a shining light in an otherwise dour campaign, notably scoring away from home in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid back in February.

Despite the early encouraging signs that the forward has shown thus far, his lack of quality in the final third has been evident, with the “raw” talent – as dubbed by journalist Josh Bunting – having scored just four goals and provided three assists in 32 games for the club thus far.

Antony, meanwhile, has sparkled in Amsterdam of late, scoring 24 goals and registering 22 assists in 82 games across all competitions for his current side, having previously provided ten goal contributions in 37 games during his time at Sao Paulo.

His quality in possession is also showcased by the fact that he ranks in the top 2% for progressive carries and the top 9% for progressive passes as result of his involvement in European competition, as per FBref, while his potential future colleague Elanga ranks in just the bottom 4% and 1% for the same two metrics, respectively – albeit while having played more minutes.

A silky, tricky winger who also offers Ten Hag variation as a left-footed wide player, the Ajax man is seemingly a certainty to push ahead of the current United man in the attacking pecking order.

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