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Man United can use Antony fund to sign two cheaper Ajax stars for Erik ten Hag

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Manchester United must pay £60million if they want to land Antony from Ajax this summer and the Brazilian’s steep valuation leaves plenty to ponder.

The Red Devils are keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Old Trafford but the deal is by no means straightforward due to the asking price being brandished about by the Dutch giants.

United are seemingly prepared to pay £40m for Antony while Ajax would request an additional £20m on top of that figure in order to sanction a sale.

It poses questions marks as to whether the investment would be worthwhile, given that there are several other areas of United’s squad that are in desperate need of a revamp.

Antony is only of huge interest because of Mason Greenwood’s uncertain future. United would not be seeking to recruit a left-footed, right forward if he was available.

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Instead, they’ve been forced to consider their attacking options and it looks like Antony is a primary target in a wake-up call for Marcus Rashford and Antony Martial.

However, there are two other Ajax players that would potentially be of greater use to Erik ten Hag – as we speak – given the glaring flaws within United’s current squad.

Centre-back and defensive midfield should be of higher priority and Lisandro Martinez is another name on United’s radar.

He is of course a top target for Arsenal too, who are looking to bring him to the Emirates Stadium to play at the heart of Mikel Arteta’s defence.

Yet he could be the perfect signing to keep Harry Maguire on his toes, while he is also capable of providing cover at left-back.

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Arsenal saw a bid in the region of £25m rejected by an offer of £35m could be enough for United to steal a march on their rivals.

Martinez was the beating heartbeat of Ten Hag’s back line and it would be a signing that makes so much sense.

The Red Devils need to tighten up defensively and Martinez is getting better with every match that goes by. He has the grit and determination to help transform United’s defensive record.

Furthermore, United still need at least two new central midfielders as work continues on a deal for Frenkie de Jong.

The Barcelona maestro remains United’s top target but in defensive midfield, Ten Hag is in need of a new anchor in the mould of Nemanja Matic.

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Edson Alvarez was a disciple of Ten Hag during their time together at Ajax, who would be prepared to sell the Mexican for just £25m.

Together with Martinez, the pair would represent the perfect investments given that they genuinely bolster United’s core.

In recent times, United have proved to be a soft touch in midfield and Fred and Scott McTominay have failed to get hold of matches.

Alvarez could provide United with a rough edge, one that allows them to get control of matches and win ugly.

He may not be the sexy signing that United supporters carve but he is certainly one that would improve the team at great value. Just like Martinez.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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