Man United are reportedly back in the pursuit of Ajax winger Antony. While United’s pre-season progresses on a high note, Old Trafford’s recruitment team is doing their best to replicate that same form in a bid to sign all the reinforcements demanded by new boss Erik ten Hag. The Red Devils have been busy in the current transfer window and are now trying to reunite Antony with his former manager.
The Red Devils have made headway into the club’s overhaul after signing Christian Eriksen on a free transfer, Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord for €17 million, and Lisandro Martinez from Ajax for €57 million. Stellar signings in their own right, the club now face a dilemma when it comes to the team’s forward line.
The current United outfit misses Edinson Cavani who left the club after his contract expired at the end of last season, Mason Greenwood, and features a disconcerted Cristiano Ronaldo. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Manchester giants would be ready to dip their toes in the market for a new forward.
According to MEN, Man United are still pursuing a deal to sign Antony from Ajax this summer. The report claims the Red Devils are one step closer to reaching a deal for the 22-year-old winger with the player’s representatives arriving in England for talks.
The Brazilian attacker is a top attacking priority for Ten Hag as the manager is pushing Man United Director of Football John Murtough and co. to sign the player despite outlandish demands from the Dutch Champions. The United faithful have been sent into a frenzy after some of the comments made by Ajax technical manager, Gerry Hamstra, were made public. Hamstra told Het Parool (via Mirror):
“On the one hand, you want to have immediately deployable players if you lose Champions League-worthy players, But at Ajax, we also continue to think about the long term…Conceicao is another example of bringing the successor, in this case Antony, into your selection.”
The new Ajax signing, Francisco Conceicao, is mainly a right winger, sharing the same position as Antony. Of course, still a raw talent, the 19-year-old is in no position to replace the winger in the starting lineup. However, the new signing was surely picked up by the Eredivie Champions as they want to hone the skills of a younger player so that he can replace an imminent outgoing starter.
The United boss made it abundantly clear, his desire to reinforce the offence when asked if he was concerned with the club’s options up front:
“You need more options in offence. I think it’s vital [United sign more players] if you want to get success because the season is really long. But we also have time to fill that in.”
It definitely helps that the gaffer has already worked with the Brazillian and is aware of how he might fit into the lineup. The Dutch club are still maintaining their stance over Antony’s status at the club with manager Alfred Schreuder expecting the 22-year-old to stay at the club for the upcoming season:
“We have sold a certain amount of players and I am expecting nobody else to leave.”
“We talk on a daily basis. It would be bad for us if we would lose another starting player”, he added. pic.twitter.com/p77m9Fm8SY
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Ajax have already offloaded key names such as Lisandro Martinez, Sebastian Haller, Ryan Gravenberch, Nicolas Tagliafico and Andre Onana amongst others. Now, they would be looking to keep a hold of the players they have at their disposal currently.
The Brazilian winger has already been a part of Ajax’s official pre-season photoshoot and there has been no official movement so far that indicates any sort of unrest at the Dutch Champions’ home. Moreover, it seems like it will stay that way unless Man United agree to meet the astronomical asking price set by Ajax for Antony.
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