Manchester United are focused on adding top talents to Erik ten Hag’s squad after a disastrous start to the Premier League season. But the club is also actively working on moving out players that don’t fit in the new manager’s plans.
The United hierarchy are working on convincing Ajax to allow Antony’s departure. The Dutch outfit, however, are reluctant to sell another talent to United, having already sanctioned Lisandro Martinez’s move to Old Trafford.
United’s interest in Antony is understandable due to the lack of options upfront at Ten Hag’s disposal. But in defence, the Dutchman has plenty to choose from, especially after the Argentina international’s arrival.
Now, United are trying to trim their backline, and have reached a full agreement with Olympique de Marseille to send Eric Bailly on loan.
As per Fabrizio Romano, the deal will also include a mandatory buy option clause, that will be activated if the Ligue 1 side qualify for the Champions League.
The transfer now depends on the Ivorian, who has so far insisted on staying at Carrington and proving to Ten Hag that he’s good enough to start for United.
Bailly’s inconsistent performances as well as recurring injuries mean the centre-back, who was signed by Jose Mourinho in 2016, is unlikely to play regularly ahead of Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Martinez.