Ajax winger, Antony, helped Erik ten Hag’s previous club win the Eredivisie title last season and received an initial bid from his current club Manchester United, but it has been turned down.
Manchester United’s initial offer for Antony was turned down because it was roughly £20 million undervalued by Ajax.
Ten Hag is rumored to be a big fan of the player, and having previously collaborated with him, he might start right wing for United out of the gate.
The 22-year-old Brazilian winger, who thrived under the new United manager at Ajax last season, is one of Erik ten Hag’s top transfer targets.
He led the Amsterdam team to a second-straight Eredivisie championship with 12 goals across all competitions.
The Eredivisie champions Ajax are refusing to negotiate a transfer cost for the 22-year-old with Manchester United.
The Amsterdam club is asking for over €80 million, but Antony’s representatives are pressuring them to accept United’s cheaper offer.
The 22-year-old wants to join a Premier League team, but it appears that the Eredivisie giants want to keep him instead.
In December, Antony was voted the Eredivisie’s Talent of the Month. Since then, he has made his way into Brazil’s senior team and has earned a reputation for himself.
He helped them win gold at the Olympics last summer and is anticipated to be a part of their team at the World Cup in Qatar.
United offered €60 million (£51 million) for Antony, but Ajax is holding out for €80 million (£68 million).
Emerson Santos, the player’s agent, reportedly spoke with United to facilitate a transfer, but the Dutch champions want to keep him for another year.
There are still three years left on Antony’s Ajax contract, and it’s been said that new coach Alfred Schreuder wants him on his team.
According to reports, the gifted youngster is eager to reunite with Ten Hag, the person who gave him his chance to play football in Europe.
However, having just sold former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund, Ajax is not under financial pressure to sell Antony.
Haller signed a four-year contract, and the deal was finalized on Wednesday afternoon for an estimated €35 million (£29.9 million).
Ten Hag has said in the past that nothing prevents him from singing Antony.
He said to WeTalkAjax, “There is no agreement in place that would prevent me from taking players to Man Utd.”
Antony has been called “an extraordinary talent” by Ten Hag: “He is going through an amazingly lovely transformation.
He will undoubtedly gain attention and catch the interest of many clubs, particularly if we do well in the Champions League.”
Ten Hag is adored by Antony as well: He claimed in March that, “any player under his direction becomes a better footballer through his training.
He has instilled a lot of confidence in me while I’ve been here and has faith in my abilities. He has my appreciation for that.”
Before joining Ajax in July 2020, Antony progressed through the Sao Paulo levels, earning 52 appearances for the Brazilian powerhouses.
The then-19-year-old received an initial £13 million investment from the Dutch titans, with the option for add-ons to raise that sum to £18.2 million.
Rivaldo, a legend in Brazil, has persuaded Antony to switch to United this summer from Ajax.
The team that appears to be closest to signing him is Manchester United, who are led by his former boss Erik ten Hag.
Rivaldo assured Betfair that everyone would enjoy watching him play at Old Trafford.