Manchester United have reportedly turned down the chance to make a shock move for free agent and former Aston Villa winger Anwar El-Ghazi amid reports that they were considering making him an offer to solve their squad problems.
Antony has been placed on indefinite leave as he aids an investigation into reported domestic violence against three women, though the Brazilian continues to stress his innocence in the matter.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho was omitted from the Red Devils squad to face Arsenal before the international break and after hitting back at claims he had been training poorly in the leadup to the game, it is unclear whether or not he will be part of Erik ten Hag’s plans going forward.
As a result, it was reported on Monday that the club had been offered the chance to sign former Aston Villa winger El-Ghazi, who is now a free agent after the mutual termination of his contract with PSV last week.
The 28-year-old made 73 Premier League appearances across spells with Aston Villa and Everton, netting 15 goals in the process along with five assists before moving back to the Netherlands.
However, the Athletic have since revealed that United have turned down the proposal, which was made through his agents. As per the report, the club are ‘not interested’ in signing the Egyptian winger, and already believe that they have four options for the role.
First among those is Facundo Pellistri, who was already the backup for Antony. However, there is also enough flexibility in the squad for others to take the right-wing spot, and the likes of Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes and the currently injured Mason Mount have all played there in the past.
With it unclear how long Antony will be sidelined for, and Sancho perhaps having played his last game for the club, there is no doubt that it is a difficult situation for Ten Hag to balance but as things stand, he will proceed with his current squad.