Ongoing Police investigations 'will make it hard for Manchester United to sell Antony' (1 Viewer)

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Manchester United may face challenges in selling Antony during the upcoming summer transfer window due to ongoing police investigations concerning the Brazilian player.

Antony, aged 24, joined Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer of 2022 for a hefty fee of around £86 million. Despite high expectations, he has struggled to make a significant impact for the 20-time English champions, tallying only nine goals and four assists in 73 appearances across all competitions.

This season, Antony has managed just one goal and one assist in 29 club appearances, both coming in a match against Newport County in the FA Cup at the end of January.

Although he signed a lucrative five-year contract upon his arrival, there have been rumors that Manchester United might consider offloading him during the upcoming transfer window.

The situation is complicated by ongoing investigations by both the Greater Manchester Police and Sao Paulo Civil Police following accusations from Antony's ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin.

She alleges that Antony assaulted her on multiple occasions during their relationship, with incidents reportedly occurring in both Brazil and England. Antony was granted a leave of absence earlier this season to address the matter.

Antony has consistently denied any involvement in physical violence and continues to cooperate with the police in clearing his name, but the investigations remain ongoing. Despite not being arrested or charged, the off-field situation may hinder Manchester United's attempts to sell the player during the summer transfer window, according to reports from The Telegraph.

One of the most serious claims from Cavallin involves an alleged incident at a Manchester hotel in January 2023. Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag recently acknowledged that off-field issues affected Antony's form earlier in the season, but he believes that's no longer the case.

Meanwhile, Antony's agent stated at the end of January that his client intends to stay at Old Trafford this summer, despite ongoing speculation about his future.
 

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