Man Utd: Ajax respond to mammoth Antony offer as ‘likely’ transfer option comes to light | Soccer | sport

Manchester United have finally made their game for Ajax winger Antony but will need to put more money on the table to secure Erik ten Hag’s priority attacking transfer target this summer. The Red Devils have reportedly seen a huge offer rejected by Ajax as they rush to strengthen Ten Hag’s squad ahead of the deadline.

According Athleticism, Ajax turned down a £67.5million offer for the 22-year-old after United finally made a formal approach for his signing. And after being pushed away by the Dutch Eredivisie champions, club chiefs are not optimistic that a deal will be struck despite their reluctance to increase their offer.

United were due to submit their first official offer for the exciting Brazilian this week, and Old Trafford were reportedly confident that £67.5m – believed to be Ajax’s initial valuation – would have been sufficient. But the rejection could see the Premier League giants continue their search elsewhere in the Netherlands, with another in sight.

The report adds that PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo is now seen as the more likely attacking arrival of the two. The 23-year-old has reached a gentleman’s agreement with PSV that any suitable offer will be considered this summer, and he could soon be the subject of one from United.

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The telegraph report United are now fully focused on Gakpo after their failed bid to lure Antony to U16. He is expected to cost around £34million, far less than what Ajax are demanding for their most valuable asset.

Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco is claimed to be an alternative to the two, with the La Liga outfit ready to sell him for £25.5million. United also hold an interest in a possible loan deal for Christian Pulisic, who is said to be willing to leave Chelsea for the club he supported as a child.

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