Manchester United had a very active summer transfer window that saw them spend over £200m on players including Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.
One man who did not make it to Old Trafford, though, with PSV winger Cody Gakpo.
The Dutchman was linked with United for several weeks, but no move came to pass.
And now, The Athletic have explained why the Red Devils did not sign Gakpo:
“United also explored the signing of Cody Gakpo. Personal terms were agreed but United backed away from submitting a bid to PSV Eindhoven because of the rising price of Antony and a decision by Ten Hag to keep hold of Anthony Elanga. Leicester City made a loan bid for Elanga, with Everton interested.”
Elsewhere, an insight into why James Garner was allowed to depart Manchester United has been provided.
Garner excelled in the Championship last season and he was expected to be handed some sort of first-team role in 2022/23.
However, Erik ten Hag is said to have been the key reason why the midfielder was allowed to join Everton on a permanent basis:
“Ten Hag was the key voice in allowing James Garner to leave. He judged Garner not at the level to play every week and United decided to bank cash rather than send the midfielder on loan where there was no guarantee his value would rise. There is debate over a fee that rises to £15.5million but given United’s past record at sales several sources view the income as fair.”