United set for transfer window clearout
Manchester United could be in for a major clearout during the upcoming transfer window, according to The Sun. The paper reports that Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Anthony Martial are all likely to be shown the door at Old Trafford. Antony, who arrived from Ajax for £85.5 million last summer, has failed to make an impact this season, with no goals or assists to his name. Sancho, on the other hand, was banished from the senior team after a public spat with manager Erik ten Hag. Martial, who has been described as “disinterested in playing football” by SunSport’s Neil Custis, has also struggled in recent seasons.
Ratcliffe set to complete United deal
In other news, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to finalize his deal to acquire a minority stake in Manchester United, as reported by The Mirror. After months of speculation, Ratcliffe, alongside Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, has been working towards buying into his boyhood club. While a full takeover was initially on the cards, Ratcliffe’s willingness to purchase a 25% stake seems to have paid off. The agreement between Ratcliffe and the Glazer family, who announced their search for “strategic alternatives” last year, is set to be officially confirmed soon.
Reading attracts Mike Ashley interest
Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is one of the potential bidders for struggling club Reading, according to The Telegraph. Reading owner Dai Yongge has flown to England for crucial takeover talks, with Ashley and investment group Genevra Associates among those interested in acquiring the club. With Reading currently at the bottom of League One, Yongge is under pressure to sell and is expected to make a decision on a preferred bidder in the coming days.
Liverpool eye £40m swoop
Liverpool are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Leeds midfielder Archie Gray, says The Daily Mail. The 17-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season, drawing comparisons to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold due to his athleticism and versatility. The potential deal could cost Liverpool over £40 million.
Overall, it seems that the upcoming transfer window will bring significant changes for several clubs, with Manchester United, Reading, and Liverpool all making moves to strengthen their squads.