An Update On Man United’s Antony Pursuit Following £17m Price Hike

An Update On Man United’s Antony Pursuit Following £17m Price Hike

The Brazilian forward, Antony, is still the subject of negotiations between Manchester United and Ajax, but the Dutch powerhouses are hesitant to sell their highly regarded attacking asset.

According to rumours, United would now have to pay £17 million more for Ajax winger Antony because Erik ten Hag insisted on adding Lisandro Martinez.

The Brazilian’s asking price has increased after the Dutch powerhouses parted ways with a number of their star players this summer, and the Red Devils are debating whether to fork out the cash.

A move for Antony may cost Manchester United as much as €100 million (£84.3 million), but a compromise price of €94 million (£79.2 million) has also been suggested.

Erik ten Hag has been after the Ajax forward all summer, hoping to reunite with the 22-year-old who shone for the Dutch champions last season.

However, after losing Lisandro Martinez to Ten Hag last month, Ajax is hesitant to work with United.

Initial talks with Ajax were unsuccessful, but after failing to sign a number of other attacking targets, United are once again in the running to sign the Brazilian.

However, if United want to overcome Ajax’s opposition before the September 1 deadline, they will need to pay a premium price.

But Antony is sold on the prospect of reconnecting with his former manager in the Premier League and is pushing for a move.

A recent £67.9 million bid from Manchester United was turned down, and according to a fresh claim from The Athletic, a deal for Antony might end up costing in the neighborhood of £84 million.

Ajax is said to be open to making a concession for a price above £79 million, but that is likely to be little solace to the Old Trafford administration.

Given that a previous report claimed they believed their most recent offer was a “fair reflection” of Antony’s current market value.

Ajax are holding firm despite Antony lately refusing to practice with the Dutch champions in an effort to force a transfer and being absent from the team that defeated Sparta Rotterdam at the weekend.

If a deal for the Brazilian forward is unsuccessful, United will probably turn to Cody Gakpo, a star of the Eredivisie.

The 23-year-old could be acquired for roughly €50 million (£42 million), according to the same report from The Athletic, making any prospective trade for Gakpo much more financially feasible.

At Old Trafford, there is thought to be growing optimism that the team will sign Gakpo or Antony before the summer transfer window closes; some insiders think United might be able to recruit both players.

Despite this, according to The Manchester Evening News, Manchester United is “likely” to make a fresh offer for Antony in an effort to land one of Ten Hag’s top targets.

The winger was left out of their most recent matchday squad to face Sparta Rotterdam and twice opted to train alone last week.

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