Erik ten Hag is hoping that Manchester United will eventually be able to convince Ajax to trade Antony since the Red Devils plan to make a “huge bid” before the transfer window shuts in 15 days.
Manchester United will pursue Ajax forward Antony once more, and according to Sky Sports, an offer is anticipated to be made this week.
The Red Devils have been interested in the Brazilian winger throughout the summer transfer window, which ends in just 15 days.
Earlier in the transfer season, United sought to sign the 22-year-old, but there was a significant price differential between what they were willing to give and what Ajax demanded.
Erik ten Hag has spent the entire summer prioritizing the acquisition of an attacker, and Antony was a mainstay under the Man United manager at Ajax the previous two seasons.
The Dutch juggernauts, though, have turned down all offers for their 22-year-old superstar and put a lofty £80 million asking price on his head.
But United are now attempting to change that, according to a report from Sky Sports that Old Trafford officials are preparing a massive offer in an effort to give Ten Hag one of his top transfer targets before the September 1 transfer deadline.
A thrilling finale to the summer transfer window will soon see the Red Devils make their final push for Antony.
Following his departure from Sao Paulo in June 2020, Antony flourished under the Dutchman’s guidance, finishing the previous season with 11 goals and eight assists across all competitions.
For the last two weeks of the transfer window, Ten Hag has prioritized the acquisition of an attacker and a central midfielder.
After investing £47 million in Lisandro Martinez, another of his Ajax protégés, £13 million in Tyrell Malacia, a left-back, and signing Christian Eriksen on a free transfer, the new Red Devils manager is reportedly seeking three more additions before the deadline.
Ten Hag’s former employers, however, will be cognizant of United’s unfortunate situation, financial resources, and pressure to please both their fans and new manager.
Particularly after suffering back-to-back defeats to start the new Premier League season with a whimper.
Since Antony is under contract with Ajax through 2025, the Eredivisie champions are not in a hurry to offload him.
It’s unclear whether United’s innovative strategy will satisfy the needs of the Dutch Eredivisie champions, especially given the short amount of time they would have to locate a suitable successor.
However, if it’s worth substantially more than the initial attempt, it might convince them to cash in on their headlining star.
With only three new players added before the season began at the beginning of the month, the club let Ten Hag down in his first transfer window.
However, they could make up for it with bold actions in the next 14 days. An effort for Antony would be just that.