Manchester United target Antony has refused to take part in Ajax’s training sessions since the club rejected United’s £67.5 million bid, as he is pushing for a move to Manchester.
Antony Wants Manchester United Move – Ajax Set Price to £84 Million
Ajax are discussing internally about Antony – there’s chance for Brazilian star to be left out of the starting XI on Sunday. 🚨🇧🇷 #MUFC
Man Utd bid rejected but the player wants the move.
Antony was at training ground today but only went to gym, not working with the team. https://t.co/vw6dgqPSIK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 19, 2022
He Did Not Train With Team After Ajax Reject Bid
According to Fabrizio Romano: “Ajax are discussing internally – there’s a chance for the Brazilian star to be left out of the starting eleven on Sunday.
“United’s bid was rejected but the player wants the move.”
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Antony did report for training, but “only went to the gym, not working with the team.”
The following day, on Saturday, August 20, Antony again did not partake in the session at all, in hopes Alfred Schreuder and his team reconsider their position on the move.
Jonathan Shrager confirmed: “There was a behind closed doors training session at Ajax today and Antony refused to take part.
“The club are willing to sell the player to Manchester United for £84 million.”
The price-tag means there is a £16.5 million difference in valuation between the clubs involved, and it is unknown if the English side will table a revised bid.
Ajax Want to Keep Main Man but Antony Wants Out
The first incident came only one day after the reigning Eredivisie champions rejected United’s £67.5 million bid for the winger. It was then reported that the Red Devils were “not giving up” in their pursuit of Antony, despite having an alternative option named in PSV’s Cody Gakpo.
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Now, it looks as if the 22-year-old will try and force his club’s hand in overseeing his departure this summer, as he looks to reunite with former manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
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The Brazilian played under Ten Hag in Amsterdam. They won the Eredivisie two seasons in a row and lifted the KNVB Cup before the Dutchman opted for a Premier League switch.
Antony has the potential to prove an instant impact in this current lacklustre United side. He is regarded for his remarkable dribbling ability and relentless efforts on the pitch, as well as his speed and constant attacking threat.
On Sunday, August 14, the forward was dubbed “world class” after a spectacular performance against FC Groningen, where he contributed a goal and an assist to help his side cruise to a 6-1 victory.
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Antony produced a spectacular performance as Ajax recorded a dominant 6:1 win over Groningen:
👌 87 touches
⚽️ 1 goal
🎯 4 shots/2 on target
🅰️ 1 assist
🎁 2 big chances created
↪️ 2/2 accurate crosses
💨 7/9 successful dribbles
📈 9.4 SofaScore rating
— SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) August 14, 2022
He lit up the pitch with his performance and showcased his confidence when he skillfully tip-toed through Groningen defenders, leaving them scrambling to keep up.
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United have also agreed a deal with five-time Champions League winner Casemiro this week as they look to secure new arrivals and pick up their first win of the 2022/2023 campaign.