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Man Utd ‘target ex-Tottenham star’ to replace Antony after coming on leaps and bounds | Football | Sport

Manchester United have reportedly shortlisted Sporting star Marcus Edwards as one of their top targets for the summer transfer window. The Red Devils are expected to undergo a major reshaping when the season concludes, with underperforming players unlikely to be offered second chances.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made it no secret that he wants to implement major changes at United after acquiring a 25 per cent stake in his boyhood side. The INEOS owner has been left unimpressed by how the team have recruited in years gone by, with over-inflated fees willingly paid for sub-par players.

Erik ten Hag has come under fire as a result, with the United boss’ recruitment strategy not bearing fruit despite being well-backed since his arrival from Ajax. The likes of Casemiro, Raphael Varane and Sofyan Amrabat have all left plenty to be desired since their arrivals at Old Trafford, and replacements are already being lined up.

Antony is another star linked with a move away from the club, with the Brazilian said to have been offered to Saudi Arabian sides – along with Jadon Sancho – recently in the hope of stirring up interest.

According to Football Transfers, United have ruled that ex-Tottenham forward Edwards is the best man to replace Antony at the Theatre of Dreams next season. The forward is seen as a ‘reasonable solution’ to United’s attacking woes and an offer in the region of £30million is expected to be enough to secure his signature.

The 25-year-old has thrived on the right wing for Sporting since joining the club, scoring 21 goals in 93 appearances for the Portuguese outfit and supplying 22 assists. Edwards, who is particularly liked by INEOS, can also provide versatility in the final third due to his ability to be deployed through the middle and on the right or left.

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