Manchester United’s hopes of signing winger Antony are complicated by Ajax demanding a high price, Voetbal International reported earlier this week.
The Sun’s claim United could wrap up a deal for just £40 million was far too over-eager, even if United do eventually get their man.
Efforts to sign Antony are helped by his desire to leave Ajax for a new challenge. He told De Telegraaf earlier this year that his dream is to play in the Premier League.
A new report from Goal suggests Antony could end up forcing a move. He is said to be ‘determined’ to reunite with Erik ten Hag.
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Antony is ‘determined’ to join
The report does not say Antony is prepared to go on strike to force a move, but this is a possible action he could take if he really is ‘determined’ to join.
Ajax have folded under these circumstances before. The Sun reported in 2017 how Davinson Sanchez went on strike and refused to play in their opening game, in an attempt to seal a move to Tottenham. He got his wishes days later.
Hopefully Manchester United’s move for the Brazilian won’t come to that. Goal report Antony’s ‘preference’ is to sign with the Red Devils and claim ‘informal discussions’ have taken place.
The 22-year-old has been linked with United even before Erik ten Hag was appointed. There is a clear starting spot available for him on the right wing if he joins.
Goal Brasil reported earlier this month Antony’s agents were flying to Europe to try and accelerate a move to United. The intent on his part is clear.
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The trouble for United is that by leaving it this long, Ajax have concluded sales of Ryan Gravenberch and Sebastien Haller, and are now under less pressure to sell.
They are however interested in Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn, The Mail report, who would serve as Antony’s replacement.
Antony to United could get done, providing there is a reasonable price set by Ajax. If not, United will be reliant upon Antony forcing a move.
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