Manchester United are in need of a squad revamp this summer, with the club finishing their fifth season without a single piece of silverware recently. Not just that, but they could not even qualify for the UEFA Champions League and disappointed in the domestic cup competitions as well. Thus, it was a disastrous campaign to say the least, which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being shown the exit door in the middle of it and Ralf Rangnick failing to make an impact as interim manager.
Thus, it is safe to say that new manager, Erik ten Hag, has his job cut out for him. His record at Ajax might have been exceptional but this promises to be a whole different ball game for the Dutch manager. Let’s see if he can cope with the pressure.
It is not surprising that Manchester United have been linked with a number of his former players from Ajax in recent times. And the latest name is that of Antony, the Brazilian winger who has been incredibly impressive in recent times.
Some rumours had suggested that Manchester United could make a transfer move in the region of €45 million to €50 million but now, it looks like that won’t be enough to sign Antony from Ajax this summer. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Fabrizio Romano said about the situation:
"“The real point is about Ajax because Ajax would love to keep the player for one more season. They want an important fee for Antony.“When I see about a potential proposal for €45m or €50m, I’m told Ajax actually want way more than this for the Brazilian, so it’s not going to be an easy one.”"
Manchester United suffer transfer blow in quest to sign Antony from Ajax
Antony was an absolute standout for Ajax last season, both in domestic competition and in Europe, catching the eyes of clubs around Europe with not just his effectiveness but also his incredible quality of play.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Antony scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 33 appearances for Ajax last season.
Manchester United could certainly do with more quality on the wings, especially with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho struggling in recent times. But it is clear that it won’t be easy to sign Antony from Ajax.