Man Utd backed to challenge Man City for £50m-rated international winger

Manchester United have been linked with moves for Antony and Pau Torres.
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Final confirmation is still awaited, but it seems inevitable that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag will be named as new Manchester United manager in the near future.

The appointment of the Dutchman has already fuelled several reports over prospective signings, as he looks to revive the Red Devils fortunes after another season of frustrating inconsistency.

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One player featuring in several reports is Brazilian winger Antony, who has been a key player for Ten Hag at Ajax and is viewed as one of European football’s hottest prospects.

The Express have suggested the Dutch giants would not stand in the way of a move provided they receive an offer in excess of £50million from United.

Antony has scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 appearances this season and has drawn interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal in the recent past.

But it seems likely an immediate reunion with Ten Hag could be on the cards if the Red Devils meet the asking price placed on his head.

La Liga star on United’s radar as ten Hag looks to strengthen defensive options

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There can be no doubt Ten Hag, if he does indeed land the role, will look to bolster the United defence during his first summer in charge at Old Trafford.

Torres against Atalanta in 2021Torres against Atalanta in 2021
Torres against Atalanta in 2021

The form of Harry Maguire has been questioned throughout the campaign and a lack of a consistent partner has led to several poor defensive performances during the season.

That has led United to reignite their interest in one of last summer’s transfer targets with Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres said to be back on their radar.

The Manchester Evening News have reported Torres would be open to offers at the end of the season - but is “in no rush” to leave the La Liga club.

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