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Manchester United 'to offload Antony this summer, identify top target as replacement'

Man Utd 'to offload Antony this summer, identify top target as replacement'
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Manchester United allegedly plan to sell Antony this summer and bring in Crystal Palace's Michael Olise as his replacement.

Manchester United are reportedly planning to sell Antony during this summer's transfer window and want to bring in Crystal Palace's Michael Olise as the Brazilian's replacement.

Antony, 24, moved to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer of 2022, with the forward penning a five-year contract at Old Trafford, but he has struggled to make his mark.

The ex-Sao Paulo youngster has only managed 10 goals and five assists in 77 matches for the 20-time English champions, and he was not in the squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

Antony has scored twice and registered two assists in 33 appearances for Man United this season, and there has been speculation surrounding his future in recent months.

According to journalist Rudy Galetti, Man United are planning to sell the Brazilian in the upcoming market for an 'acceptable' amount, with the club looking to shift his substantial salary.

Manchester United's Antony celebrates scoring their second goal with Amad Diallo on March 17, 2024© Reuters

Earlier this year, Antony's agent firmly denied suggestions that the forward would be on the move this summer.

Antony has had off-the-field issues this season, with the South American still being investigated by both the Greater Manchester Police and Sao Paulo Civil Police following accusations from his former partner.

Gabriela Cavallin is claiming that Antony assaulted her on multiple occasions during their relationship, with the alleged incidents said to have happened in both Brazil and England.

However, Antony has always denied any form of physical violence and continues to work with the police in an attempt to clear his name.

The forward was given of leave of absence earlier this season to deal with the situation, but he continues to struggle to make his mark for the 20-time English champions and will allegedly be on the move this summer after just two seasons at the club.

Crystal Palace's Michael Olise on December 30, 2024© Reuters

Olise 'viewed as Man United's number one target to replace Antony'

Olise's future has also been the subject of much speculation, with the 22-year-old widely expected to leave Palace when this summer's transfer window opens for business.

The attacker has struggled with injury problems this season, but he has still managed to contribute six goals and three assists in 12 Premier League appearances.

Olise was in strong form for the Eagles during the 2022-23 season, scoring twice and registering 11 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions, and there is believed to be a buy-out fee in his contract this summer.

Chelsea also continue to be linked with him, although it is believed that Olise would prefer to make the move to Old Trafford in the upcoming market.

The former France Under-21s international has scored 12 goals and registered 22 assists in 83 appearances for his current side since arriving from Reading in July 2021.

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