Manchester United’s latest reported bid for winger Antony was rejected, Sky Sports reported.

The £76.3 million offer was turned down by Ajax, with The Guardian reporting he was ‘disappointed’ by the move.

Now he has expressed his emotions in a dramatic interview with journalist Fabrizio Romano via YouTube.

It is clear even by conducting the interview, he is desperate to secure the move to Manchester United.

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Antony interview with Fabrizio Romano

Antony said: “Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and with them, certainly a great offer.

“In June of this year, I interrupted my vacation and came personally to inform the managers of Ajax, including new coach, about my wish to leave and that they should consider this possibility, because it was a project for two seasons.

“During the window months, meetings continued and I also received a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal. I made it clear once again: I want to leave.

“Today, in a meeting with the club, I expressed my old interest in leaving, only this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others had already arrived, Ajax refused with argument that they only have five days to replace me.

“I was very happy in Amsterdam, I won titles at Ajax, made friends and built part of my career, but now I reinforce that I am ready and full of motivation to follow my story and my dreams.

“I hope Ajax fans understand me… because the future for a football player is a totally uncertain thing and the opportunities can be unique. My message is one of gratitude for Ajax, club and fans

“I’m not asking Ajax to release me, I’m asking Ajax to sell me with the highest bid ever for Eredivisie player. I’ve been insisting on this theme since February so that the club could rebuild the team with peace of mind”.

It is clear Antony is not at all happy. His agents are reported to be stationed in England to help smooth a move through.

The steps he is taking are almost unprecedented, and there may be no way back for him at Ajax after this.

Romano reported earlier this week that Antony has agreed a five year deal with Manchester United.

  • ANTONY: Factfile
  • Antony was signed by Erik ten Hag for Ajax from Sao Paulo in 2020.
  • He starred in Brazil’s Olympic gold medal winning team in Tokyo.
  • The winger is senior international for Brazil and has been dubbed the ‘new Neymar’.
  • Antony has won consecutive league titles for Ajax, scoring 24 goals for the club.
  • He wears Ajax’s number 11 shirt, a number he also wore for Sao Paulo and Brazil.
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