Romano reveals Man Utd ‘official bid’ for next target and provides details of Antony transfer

Joe Williams
Man Utd target Antony looks at other players on the pitch

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Man Utd have made an “official bid” for Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

The Red Devils have already boosted their ranks this summer with the signings of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro with Erik ten Hag still wanting more.

In fact, a report today has indicated that the Man Utd boss is looking to sign four more players before the end of Thursday, including Ajax winger Antony and Dubravka.

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Man Utd want to provide more competition for David de Gea by bringing in an experienced goalkeeper and a deal for Newcastle’s Dubravka has now become their next priority.

“Manchester United have submitted an official bid during the weekend: loan with £5m buy option, Newcastle want permanent deal so it will be discussed again on Monday,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“Their priority is now the second goalkeeper – also, Dubravka is pushing with Newcastle as he only wants to join Man United.

“United’s priority after Antony is Dubravka, after that let’s see if they will decide to sign one more player or not. It could depend on Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation and on other outgoings.”

Man Utd have now agreed a €100m fee for the transfer of Antony from Ajax and Romano has revealed how they eventually succeeded in negotiations.

Romano added: “The fee will be €95m guaranteed plus €5m add-ons, easy to reach – Man Utd will also cover part of solidarity payment to Sao Paulo. Payment terms have been agreed on Sunday late afternoon, with final check to contracts by Antony’s camp and lawyers.

“It must be said that John Murtough did a great job on this deal, and also Edin van der Sar at Ajax, he helped a lot to find a solution, and also worked hard to protect his club.

“He said to Ajax many times in the last 20 days that he wanted to join Man United. He was pushing a lot, no longer training with the team, and wasn’t in the squad for the game against Sparta Rotterdam. He wanted to follow his dream, he was planning for a big transfer.

“For Ten Hag, Antony was always considered a top priority target. Alfred Schreuder was very keen to keep the player, and even a few days ago they were rejecting big money from United. In the last three or four days they didn’t even want to negotiate with United, but eventually they found the best solution for this difficult deal.”