Manchester United have registered their interest in a number of Ajax players this summer, with defender Jurrien Timber among those to have been heavily linked earlier this summer.
As the window has progressed, it has become increasingly clear that Timber is more likely to stay than not, with the young defender prioritising a place in this year’s World Cup over a transfer.
Lisandro Martinez and Edson Alvarez have also been linked but recently, winger Antony has emerged as a target, with the winger believed to be keen on securing a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Now, it’s being reported that Ajax have slapped a huge €80m price tag on the tricky Brazilian winger as they attempt to fend off any interested parties.
That’s according to De Telegraaf, via Sport Witness, who say that after sanctioning the sale of Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund, only an offer they cannot refuse would be enough to let Antony go, with €80m said to do the trick.
Manchester United are not working with an unlimited budget and the club will almost certainly not be able to meet Ajax’s very steep valuation of Antony, with a large chunk of this summer’s expenditure set to be used on Frenkie de Jong.
Any money for other marquee signings will need to be raised through sales and as things stand, it’s looking highly unlikely that major departures will be completed.
Antony was one of Erik ten Hag’s favourites at Ajax and although the Dutchman will be desperate to reunite with him at Old Trafford, it’s unlikely unless Ajax drop their demands.