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Better than Antony: Man Utd could sign their next Di Maria in “unplayable” £61m star – opinion

Manchester United, a club known for its prestigious standards, has faced a dismal season under Erik ten Hag, culminating in their Champions League exit and finishing last in Group A.

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The team’s struggles in the Premier League, losing seven games, and recent defeats without scoring have intensified the need for a solution.

With Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Facundo Pellistri unable to secure the right-wing spot and all failing to score this season, Ten Hag may explore the transfer market for reinforcements.

Recent reports from Sport via TEAMtalk suggest that Ten Hag is interested in a swap deal involving Raphinha, with Sancho moving to Barcelona.

However, Raphinha, willing to compete for his place in Catalonia, makes the swap unrealistic, especially with Barcelona reportedly demanding €70m (£61m).

Raphinha, who made a significant impact with Leeds United in the Premier League, possesses a market value of £52m, while Sancho is valued at £28m.

The potential move raises questions about the feasibility of the deal.

Known for his standout performances with Leeds, Raphinha’s creative abilities and goal contributions make him an appealing prospect for Manchester United.

His style, akin to Angel Di Maria, involves taking on responsibilities, creating chances, and maintaining a competitive attitude.

While Raphinha’s return to English football is backed by prior experience, concerns arise about the potential parallels with Di Maria’s brief stint at Old Trafford.

United must weigh the risks and benefits before pursuing the talented Brazilian winger, ensuring a strategic and informed approach to reinforce their attacking lineup.

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