Manchester United warned over 'insanely high' Antony fee
Manchester United are at risk of being priced out of a move for Ajax winger Antony.
Voetbal International report Ajax will only sell Antony for an ‘insanely high’ amount, after already selling key players this transfer window.
Haller’s sale will place Ajax in a strong position financially, while weakening their team, and leave them only needing to sell further players for big offers.
‘Insanely high’ fee required
Haller is expected to leave Ajax, which means the Dutch side will only sell Antony if they feel the fee is too good to turn down.
This is likely to prove problematic for Manchester United, and would be a problem of the club’s own creating.
Goal Brasil reported earlier this month that Antony’s agents were set to hold talks with United over a move, with The Times backing up the Red Devils’ interest, claiming he is a key target.
The Telegraph reported Erik ten Hag would want to bring Ajax winger Antony with him to Old Trafford, back in March.
By waiting on a move for Antony and focusing on other areas, the forward is now likely to see his cost rise.
This was a scenario Erik ten Hag forecast, speaking to Voetbal International at the end of the season.
He said: “If they cannot be kept, they will generate a lot of money for Ajax. There is an enormous amount of interest in players such as Ryan Gravenberch, Jurriën Timber, Antony and Sébastien Haller.
“I think there will be three more big transfers this summer. That is indeed a loss in sporting terms, but then you as a club have received a hundred million euros, or perhaps more.
“The best scenario would be two big transfers, keep the rest, buy some and youth move on.”
The two big transfers would be Gravenberch and Haller’s departures, and Ajax’s decision to part ways with Antony would come if an ‘insanely high’ offer arises.
Antony is a top talent, but there will be a limit on how much Manchester United want to pay.
There is a very real risk the club will be priced out of a deal, and will then have to look at alternatives.