The Dutchman has so far signed players from his former club Ajax or who are associated with the Dutch league Eredivisie. Tyrell Malacia is brought into the club from Feyenoord, while Lisandro Martínez is signed from de Godenzonen.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen has joined the club for free and Frenkie de Jong is heavily linked with a move to the Old Trafford stadium.
According to the report in MEN, Antony was high on the wishlist for Erik ten Hag this summer, but Ajax’s valuation is over the odds for Manchester United to match. Therefore, the Red Devils ‘no longer expect to sign him’ this summer.
Following the departure of Edinson Cavani and the suspension of Mason Greenwood, the Red Devils are short in numbers in their attacking department. And on top of that, Cristiano Ronaldo is keen on finding his future away from the Old Trafford stadium.
Currently, excluding Ronaldo, United only have three senior forwards, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford having struggled to showcase their best in recent campaigns.
So, signing a new forward will be a shrewd decision. Erik ten Hag likes to deploy a left-footed creative winger on the right side and Antony would be a perfect addition to the squad, given they enjoyed great success together at the Johan Cruyff Arena over the past two years.
But, the Red Devils’ hierarchy have failed their manager once again as it seems in this deal. After spending more than two months on the de Jong deal and not making any early signing, the players’ prices have increased significantly with only a few weeks remaining from starting the new season.
And it is highly unlikely that Manchester United would match Ajax’s valuation for Antony this summer.