Erik ten Hag ‘is closing in on signing his first Man United signing with Antony set to join in £40m deal… with club officials ‘in Amsterdam to get the deal for Ajax winger across the line’
- Manchester United are set to make a £40million move for Ajax forward Antony
- The 22-year-old scored 12 goals for the Eredivisie title winners last season
- He has also attracted interest from Tottenham and other sides across Europe
- But reports claim United officials are in Amsterdam to get a deal over the line
Manchester United are reportedly closing in on their first major signing of the summer with Antony on his way from Ajax in a £40million move.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a successful season with the Eredivisie title winners, scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists in new United boss Erik ten Hag’s final season at the club.
This has led to the Brazilian, who has made nine senior international appearances, attracting interest from some of Europe’s top sides including United and rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Ajax forward Antony for £40million
Brazilian Antony celebrates Ajax winning the league at the Johan Cruyff Arena last month
United officials are due in Amsterdam to get a deal for the Brazilian over the line, according to The Sun.
Antony could be keen to follow in the footsteps of former boss ten Hag, who he personally thanked after departing the Dutch giants.
The Brazilian posted on Instagram: ‘I want to thank you for everything you taught me. Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.’
Ten Hag, who has already begun work at United, is embarking on a difficult rebuild at the club this summer after a season in which much of the squad struggled to live up to the standards expected at the club.
New United boss Erik ten Hag is embarking on a difficult rebuild at the club this summer
A number of players, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic, have already announced they will be leaving the club this summer with others expected to follow them out of the door.
Antony could be the first part of United’s rebuild this summer with plenty of work to be done as they look to put their miserable campaign behind them that saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.
The Dutch boss is also targeting Ajax centre-backs Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez as well as Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
That may read like an expensive shopping list, United Chief Executive Richard Arnold insisted ‘money is not a consideration’ in United’s transfer business during the sensational exchange with United supporters in a Cheshire pub.
The Dutch boss is also targeting former Ajax and now Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong
United’s interest in De Jong has been well documented as the two clubs have been at loggerheads over a fee for the 25-year-old Dutchman for some time now.
On De Jong, who Barcelona value at £69million, Arnold told fans: ‘Money is not a consideration in who we want.
‘It’s that the manager wants him, that they’ve actually done the work on looking if he’s a great player.
‘Is it £100m or £200m? I don’t know. Get who you f***ing want. Do you want me buying the players? Doesn’t that ring a bell?’