Erik ten Hag is now targeting a ‘versatile’ forward after Darwin Nunez turned down Manchester United in favour of a move to Liverpool.
The Uruguayan star joined the Reds in an initial £64m deal this month, with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning the race to sign the Benfica attacker.
United held a strong interest in Nunez but they backed away from a deal when it became sure that Anfield was his preferred destination, while the Red Devils were also unwilling to spend more than half of their budget on the player.
Nunez would have been a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at United, with the 22-year-old seen as a central striker.
But, with like-for-like alternatives thin on the ground, ESPN claim that Ten Hag has altered his plans and is now targeting a ‘versatile’ forward.
Ajax winger Antony is a priority target, with the Brazilian star capable of playing on both flanks of attack.
But, the Dutch giants want £68m for the Uruguay international, which is far higher than what United would be willing to pay.
United are closing in on the signature of Frenkie de Jong and they are still hopeful that they will persuade Christian Eriksen to move to the club instead of remaining at Brentford.
A defender is deemed the least pressing recruit, though Ten Hag would want to add a centre-back to his current team.