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Man United take transfer stance on 22-year-old South American international’s £70m valuation

Manchester United unlikely to meet Ajax demands for Antony. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United unlikely to meet Ajax demands for Antony. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United are unlikely to give in to Ajax Amsterdam’s demands for Antony

According to Paul Hirst of The Times via Utd District on Twitter (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are unlikely to give in to the demands set by Ajax to facilitate a transfer move for Antony this summer. The English outfit is currently pursuing the attacker to bolster their ranks ahead of the next campaign.

Man United are searching the market for a right-winger to address their lack of natural options in that position. Erik ten Hag is keen to strengthen his forward line in this transfer window which has prompted his side to actively target Antony as of now.

However, the Amsterdam-based club has slapped a massive price tag of £70million for Antony’s services, which is quite ludicrous even for someone of his talents. The Red Devils do not possess any intent to meet those demands, which has put them in a bit of a difficult situation.

Manchester United are unlikely to give in to Ajax Amsterdam's demands for Antony. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Antony is a transfer target for Man United. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

What should Man Utd do?

It is pretty clear how our attack is not balanced, with the left-hand side being the primary focus due to the sheer number of options available in that role. Following Mason Greenwood’s indefinite suspension and Jadon Sancho’s conversion to a left-winger, we are pretty short-handed in that area.

Ralf Rangnick often used Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford in that role, but their best positions are on the opposite end. As such, someone like Antony, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Netherlands, would have been useful even if he is not a finished product just yet.

The prospect of reuniting Antony with ten Hag is exciting to think about, but it should not come at the cost of our summer transfer business. Hence, the hierarchy has certainly made a great decision regarding this pursuit, although we must prepare alternative options if this continues to remain the same.

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Perhaps ten Hag could help Sancho perform to his best on the right-hand side of the attack, just like the winger did during his time at Borussia Dortmund. That would be a major boost for us as we have more than enough players on the left wing who can do a great job indeed.

Hence, it will be interesting to see how this situation will pan out in the coming days or weeks in this window. The fans have become much more confident about the board in recent times after the breakthroughs they have achieved when it comes to their other targets. Whether something similar would happen in this case or not remains to be seen.

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