Report: Manchester United officials set to fly to Netherlands to try and seal Antony deal

Manchester United officials are due in Amsterdam on Tuesday (June 21) to try and strike a deal with Ajax for Antony.

The Sun report United figures are aiming to try and get a deal over the line, in the belief they are ‘closing in on a deal’.

Antony, 22, is a top transfer target for Erik ten Hag, and Manchester United have not yet signed a single player this summer.

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.

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‘United officials set to fly out’

The Sun‘s report claims Manchester United are hoping to do business with Ajax for Antony for around £40 million.

This figure may not be enough. A report from Dutch magazine Voetbal International report Ajax will only sell Antony for an ‘insanely high’ amount.

However, this is dependent on a deal being struck with Borussia Dortmund to sell Sebastien Haller, and so far, no fee has been formally agreed with Ajax and the German club.

If United can get a deal agreed with Ajax sooner for Antony, then it would be Dortmund left having to pay a premium for the attacking star they want.

Ajax are loathe to lose two top attacking stars if they can help it, and want a high price to give them both up, having already lost Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich.

If an agreement can be found with Ajax quickly, then United might not have to pay over the odds.

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United taking action to fly out and negotiate is a positive step. So far this summer the club have been far too laid back, and put a deal for Frenkie de Jong first.

The De Jong move is not yet moving forward, with United struggling to agree a fee with Barcelona, and those drawn out negotiations suggest that talks with Antony could be anything but swift. So it’s better to start talks now.

It’s about time United pressed on with other moves, regardless of the De Jong impasse. If Antony is a player Erik ten Hag wants, as is widely reported, then it is important to push on and attempt to wrap up a move.

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