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Manchester United still looking to agree deal for 22-goal/assist attacker – report

Manchester United are still interested in securing the services of Ajax winger Antony, TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook claims.

The 22-year-old has been constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but United are yet to make progress over a deal.

It was recently claimed that United had ended their pursuit of the Brazilian star, but Crook reports that Antony is still on the club’s radar.

United boss Erik ten Hag is said to be a strong admirer of his former player, and the club have been fancied to make a late approach.

The Red Devils failed with an opening bid of €60 million this month, but Crook believes they could prise him away for around €70m.

He added that a move won’t be dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.

United have the funds to spend on Antony

United made a quiet start to the transfer window, but have been busy this month with the purchase of three players, the latest of those being Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

Their pursuit of Martinez was far from straightforward. It was initially suggested that Ajax were eyeing a fixed fee of €50m, but United ending up agreeing a deal worth €65m including add-ons.

The Dutch champions made the best use of the prolonged negotiations to drive the price up. Hence, United can’t expect any reductions from them, and they will need to pay a premium fee for Antony.

United could lower the €70m valuation by including variables, but the big question is whether they are prepared to recruit a player, who has yet to be involved in pre-season with Ajax this summer.

Antony has been recovering from an ankle problem sustained in March this year, and it has been confirmed by manager Alfred Schreuder that he may not be involved until the final phase of pre-season.

With the transfer window not closing until September 1, United may probably play the waiting game to assess his fitness, but it won’t be a surprise if they eventually land his signature.

Antony had a solid 2021/22 season with 12 goals and 10 assists from 32 outings. He is a left-footed winger, who specialises on the right wing, and would provide a different outlook to United’s attack.

Jadon Sancho has impressed from the role in pre-season, but Ten Hag will want competition for places. He may not want a player to consider his place for granted with no one suitable to replace him.

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