Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ajax winger, Antony.
After Erik ten Hag took over at United from Ajax, a number of the Dutch powerhouses’ top players have, of course, been linked with Manchester United.
One of the main names tipped for an Old Trafford switch early on in the summer window was Antony.
Antony would likely be an excellent option for United as they are very short in the wide areas at present.
Jesse Lingard left the club for free at the end of last month. This leaves just Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga as natural wide players for the 2022/23 campaign.
So, signing Antony, whose electrifying pace and quick feet would cause Premier League defences all sorts of issues, seems like a smart move.
The Brazilian is still only young at 22 but is already performing at the highest level – assisting four and scoring two in six Champions League this past season.
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However, a move for Antony does seem very unlikely at present.
Ajax are determined not to let last season’s squad be dismantled, with Ryan Gravenberch, Sebastien Haller, Andre Onana and Martinez all heading for pastures new.
And now, Alfred Schreuder has revealed he is determined to keep hold of the South American this summer.
Schreuder said: “I really think he will stay. Of course, we have sold a lot of players now. That has not happened in recent years.
“We have also bought players. But we have sold so many players that I assume nobody will leave.”
Will Manchester United turn their attention elsewhere? Or will we see Ten Hag give someone like Facundo Pellistri a chance?
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