Manchester United want to strengthen their attack before next week’s transfer deadline and Antony, the Ajax winger, is at the top of Erik ten Hag’s wishlist.
The 22-year-old was signed by Ten Hag in 2020 and developed into a frightening attacker under the Dutchman and has been a longstanding target for the Reds this summer.
Prior to developments this week, United failed with two bids as Ajax maintain they are not looking to sell the Brazil international. Now, according to The Telegraph, it has been revealed that a third bid, believed to be at £76m, has been rebuffed.
Antony has not trained with the Ajax first team since last week as he tries to force a move but as per the report, United could now walk away from the deal as they weigh up their options.
Continuing their pursuit of Antony remains an option but alternatives such as Cody Gakpo, Christian Pulisic and Yannick Carrasco are being considered.
Antony went public with his desire to leave Ajax on Friday night, giving an interview to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano: “I’m not asking Ajax to release me, I’m asking Ajax to sell me with the highest bid ever for Eredivisie player. I’ve been insisting on this theme since February so that the club could rebuild the team with peace of mind,” he said.
Antony is certainly making it difficult for Ajax to keep him but with five days remaining of the transfer window, you must wonder if their minds have been made up.
Let’s be clear about one thing – Antony should not be valued at £76m but Ajax’s decision to reject that bid could very well mean that no bid will be accepted before next week’s deadline.
United have cheaper alternatives in mind but Ten Hag is insisting on Antony and it’s up to the club to deliver that. The last few days of the market will be busy, to say the least.