Manchester United may be prepared to give up £86 million failure Antony in return for Brazilian goal dynamo Gabriel Barbosa.
With only 11 goals in 11 games across all competitions this season, the 23-year-old has had a terrible start to the current campaign. Manchester’s patience with the winger appears to be wearing thin in light of rumors that the Premier League’s biggest clubs would offer his services on loan in an attempt to get the Flamengo striker, as The Mirror writes.
Known by the nickname “Gabigol,” the 27-year-old has scored 153 goals in 265 games throughout his six-year tenure with the team, winning the admiration of the supporters. The Sao Paulo native, who is now dating Neymar’s sister Rafaella, would give a struggling Manchester United squad—which has only scored 12 goals in the Premier League—some much-needed firepower.
A harsh indictment on the club’s forward line is that Marcus Rashford, who scored thirty goals the previous season, has only scored once as Scott McTominay leads Man United in league goals and his midfield partner Casemiro leads the team in goals in all competitions.
For a struggling team, the January transfer window is frantic, but United can only explore low-ball offers while trying to comply with Financial Fair Play rules until Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25% stake in the team is finalized.
Barbosa is rumored to be available for £20 million as his contract with Flamengo expires at the end of 2024. Barbosa has scored 20 goals for the team in all competitions. According to reports, the premier league team is considering loaning out Antony to replace the striker.
Man United might take a look at this agreement in light of Antony’s underwhelming performances this season and his alleged domestic abuse. Given that the £86 million player only signed a contract with the team in 2022 and that it expires in 2027, a permanent agreement for the Brazil international seems doubtful.
Barbosa joined Inter Milan in 2016, although he only played 10 games before going on multiple loan stints in Portugal and Brazil. If he joins the Premier League, it will be his second venture into European football.