Ajax star Antony has missed the first day of pre-season training with the Dutch champions amid transfer interest from Manchester United.
The Brazilian winger has emerged as one of the Red Devils’ main transfer priorities this window
However, with new boss Erik ten Hag eager to bring his former player to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old is keen to join Ten Hag and made his stance clear to Ajax
After being absent from new manager Alfred Schreuder’s training session on Friday
Talks are ongoing for the £40m man, who scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists last season
Hw also help ten Hag’s Ajax side won the Eredivisie last season.
The 22-year-old – identified as a target by Ten Hag during talks with United football director John Murtough
Amsterdam last month – shares a good relationship with his former boss
Moreover, with the Dutchman signing him from Sao Paulo in 2020.
The Dutch champions were confident of retaining their star player at the start of the window
But it seems that the Brazilian is taking matters into his own hands to force a move to the Premier League.
Though United are yet to recruit a new signing this window, it’s not for want of trying – after their pursuit for Jurrien Timber suffered a crushing blow this week.
Manchester United have also identified Antony’s team-mate, Timber
As one of their top defensive targets this window before new Ajax boss Schreuder claimed the young star was staying in Amsterdam.
‘I have spoken with Jurrien and I am assuming he is staying at Ajax,’ Schreuder told ESPNnl.
‘Timber is a smart guy and he knows what is best for himself. We think he is not done at Ajax yet.’