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Manchester United considers Antony swap for Take Kubo

Takefusa Kubo in action for Real Sociedad
Manchester United are weighing up a move for former Real Madrid wonderkid Takefusa Kubo as they consider replacements for the underperforming Antony.

Manchester United have “lost patience” with Antony and are considering offering the Brazilian in exchange for Real Sociedad’s Takefusa Kubo, according to reports.

Antony has yet to score or register an assist in 19 matches this season and if reports are to be believed United have lost patience in the Brazilian.

The Manchester Evening News writes: “A report from AS, via Sport Witness, says United are keeping tabs on Kubo who has recorded six goals and four assists in 24 outings this season. The article suggests that United may be prepared to offer Antony in exchange, although this seems unlikely.

With Jadon Sancho seemingly set to leave United in January on loan, the Reds Devils will need to keep hold of their wide players. It also remains to be seen what stance Sir Jim Ratcliffe takes when he arrives at the club.

He may take a more hardline approach to transfers but swapping Antony for the untested Kubo would carry its risks, while Sociedad have indicated they would not agree to a swap deal.

Another report in the Express suggests that the club will sign a striker in the January transfer window to “add competition for Rasmus Hojlund and address Erik ten Hag’s team lack of goals.

Hojlund is yet to find the net for United in 14 Premier League appearances, despite being the UEFA Champions League joint top scorer with five goals. And with United having failed to score in their last four games – Bournemouth, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and West Ham – the club feels a need to find a solution.

Ten Hag will reportedly pursue a solution in the New Year to attempt to salvage something from his woeful second campaign at the helm,” the article states.

Fabrizio Romano also suggests United will likely recruit a backup striker this winter to add competition for struggling £72million star Rasmus Hojlund with the report adding that United have held talks with the representatives of Borussia Dortmund‘s ace Donyell Malen, Bundesliga’s bagsman Serhou Guirassy and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

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