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The latest on Manchester United’s forward pursuit

The Red Devils are looking to bolster their frontline


Manchester United remain on the hunt for a forward this summer regardless of the future of veteran forward Cristiano Ronaldo, but are struggling to find the right options for their frontline, having been dealt a further two blows.

The Red Devils have been chasing Ajax forward Antony for much of the summer, but the Dutch sides’ valuation has put off Erik ten Hag from recruiting his former side. They have seen two bids turned down for the Brazilian forward, with Ajax thought to be holding out for a fee in excess of £70m.

Ten Hag’s former club have already banked over 100m euros this summer through the sales of Lisandro Martinez, Ryan Gravenberch and Sebastien Haller, and have no reason to lose a sixth member of their squad on the cheap this summer.

As a result, any potential deal will not be forthcoming this summer unless a dramatic u-turn is made by the Dutch outfit, leaving Manchester United without one of their key targets.

Sesko to set them back

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also among the clubs keen on RB Salzburg sensation Benjamin Sesko, who netted the winner against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly last week.

However, Salzburg are unwilling to sell their star man this summer, and are well aware that the Slovenian’s value will only continue to rise now that he has caught the eye of Europe’s elite this season.

As a result, they are likely to slap a hefty price-tag on the 6ft4 nineteen year old striker, which would represent a significant risk regardless of his current potential.

Of course, much of what Manchester United are forced to do this summer depends on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has returned to action for the Red Devils but is still reportedly desperate to depart this summer in search of Champions League football.

Were he to do so, the need for a striker at Old Trafford would only increase.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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