Manchester United have ex-Leeds United star 'on the agenda' and other transfer rumours

Former Leeds United winger Raphinha pictured scoring against Manchester United
Former Leeds United winger Raphinha pictured scoring against Manchester United -Credit:Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United are reportedly interested in bringing ex-Leeds man and current Barcelona winger Raphinha to Old Trafford in the summer.

The 27-year-old arrived at Camp Nou in the summer of 2022 having enjoyed an impressive spell with Leeds the season prior. However, Raphinha has not always garnered support from his fans.

So far this season, the right-sided winger has a respectable nine goals and 12 assists to his name in all competitions. But according to El Nacional, Barca are willing to 'sacrifice' Raphinha to help bolster their transfer budget for the summer.

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It is claimed that the Catalonian club are now desperate to sell their forward with president Joan Laporta 'first to lose sight of the player'. Barcelona are expected to demand £51m for the winger and will use that money to purchase Nico Williams from Athletic Bilbao.

Elsewhere, journalist Rudy Galetti is adamant that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is eager to sell Antony in the summer. The Brazilian has been Erik ten Hag's most expensive signing so far but has yet to provide the results many expected when he joined from Ajax.

If Ratcliffe does want to sell Antony though, he may find it difficult. According to the report, United have yet to receive any signs of interest for their winger with the Saudi Pro League clubs also wishing to avoid the 24-year-old who cost the Reds £86m.

Galetti adds that Crystal Palace's Michael Olise is the desired candidate to replace Antony at Old Trafford. The winger will audition for a spot with the Reds on Monday night when United travel to Selhurst Park.