Manchester United have not had the best luck in the transfer market early on this summer. It does seem that the club have found a player who is very keen to join, finally. The problem is, he risks being priced out of a move.
De Telegraaf report Brazil international Antony is frustrated as he feels Ajax’s price tag is ‘disproportionate’.
The Mirror report Ajax want a staggering £69 million (80m Euros) to part ways with the winger.
As we wrote in ‘The Treble column for June 26‘, the fee is outrageously overpriced and may prompt Manchester United to look elsewhere at alternative options.
Ajax transfer fee is ‘disproportionate’
The one aspect of a move counting in Manchester United’s favour is Antony’s desire to move on.
The very reason Antony feels the fee is ‘disproportionate’ is because he is looking at a future away from Ajax and is worried it may not materialise this summer.
De Telegraaf report Antony wants to make a transfer, while Goal and The Times last week reported last week he is ‘determined’ to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. The question now, is ‘how far Antony takes it?’
Manchester United are claimed by the report to be unwilling to go above 50 million Euros, a sensibly self imposed limit of £43 million.
Antony is an excellent player, one who is still developing, and scored 12 goals last season. If he had scored double the number, the kind of figures Ajax want, may be somewhat fairer.
Ajax have to be wary Antony could decide to be difficult and go on strike. De Telegraaf‘s report references Davinson Sanchez, who did so in 2017 to succesfully force a move to Tottenham.
This would be a risk for Antony ahead of the World Cup, and the winger is under contract until 2025, giving Ajax a strong hand.
United appear to have drawn a line in the sand over pricing, as have Ajax. If Antony accepts the situation then he will stay put – but it doesn’t seem like he is prepared to that just yet, and this provides hope for the Red Devils.