Ajax have rejected Manchester United’s latest bid for Antony worth around €90m, according to Sky Sports.
Ajax are insisting Man Utd pay their full €100m valuation for the player. Man Utd could soon return with an offer matching the Dutch side’s valuation. They want to get that deal down the line.
Erik Ten Hag is keen to work with the Brazil international after their spell at Ajax. Antony is also doing his best to push a move to England.
The 22-year-old is said to have missed training sessions in order to force the Dutch giants to sell him.
Man Utd pursued Antony in the early parts of the transfer window but after failing to sign him they moved on to other targets.
United then failed with these moves. They were unable to agree deals for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, PSV Eindhoven striker Coady Gakpo and Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic.
Their unsuccessful pursuit of these stars led them back to their primary target, Antony. However, they now have to pay higher fees than before.
The Eredivisie giants valued the player at €80m in the first round of the chase, but Man Utd deemed the price too high.
Ajax warned Man Utd and then raised their valuation of Antony to €100m. They initially rejected an €80m bid for the player.
Man Utd’s latest offer only matches Ajax’s demands of ten million, but there is a feeling the English club will do their utmost to sign Antony.
Ajax are already looking for replacements for Antony but there are no clear targets in the market.
The number one candidate to replace Antony is Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech, who joined the Blues from Ajax in 2020. However, a return to the Netherlands might not be straightforward for the 29-year-old.
While Ajax are trying to secure a loan with an option to buy for the Moroccan playmaker, Chelsea want an outright sale.
The London club are demanding 44 million euros for Ziyech. This is one of the factors behind Ajax’s insistence on a big fee for Antony.
United are keen on Antony and the player appreciates their interest.
The two clubs are still in discussions to find an agreement. However, a deal could hinge on Ajax finding a replacement for Antony. A difficult idea when there are only a few days left on the transfer market.