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Antony refuses to rule out Ajax exit amid Man Utd interest – De Telegraaf interview

Ajax winger Antony has refused to rule out a move away from the club amid the strong transfer interest from Manchester United this summer.

The Brazil international is one of the top priorities for United manager Erik ten Hag. The club have already failed with two bids of €60 million and €80 million, but are being fancied to make a third.

Their next proposal could be closer to the €100m price tag set by Ajax, and the 22-year-old has now opened the door to leave the Dutch champions before the transfer window closes.

In an exclusive interview with De Telegraaf, Antony said that he wants to come to the right decision for all parties involved and honestly can’t rule out the possibility of leaving the club.

He said: “What I can say is that I want to come to the right decision with my family, business partners and Ajax, which is good for everyone. In the end, God determines my future.”

When asked whether he could guarantee his stay with Ajax beyond the summer, he added: “No, to be perfectly honest, I can’t.”

“Now I am focusing on playing football and have put all other matters in the hands of my agents and my brother. They will advise me on what is best.”

Antony went on further to praise Ten Hag and believes the 52-year-old has the credentials to turn around the fortunes of United, having succeeded with his methods at former clubs.

He said on the Dutch tactician: “Manchester United will improve at his hand. At his previous clubs, he has proven that his method works.”

United could meet the asking price for Antony

Antony is widely regarded as one of the best young attackers in world football. The left-footed right-winger would be a quality acquisition for United, but the deal will be expensive.

The Red Devils could have signed him for a much lesser fee, had they opened negotiations in June.

Since their initial focus was on landing Lisandro Martinez, they were prepared to play the long game on Antony which has come at a cost with Ajax raising their price tag for the 22-year-old.

With nearly three years left on his contract, the Dutch champions don’t face any pressure to sell, but their stance could change with Antony said to be pushing for a move to Old Trafford.

They are still within their rights to hold firm on the price. The onus is now on United to meet their demands. We fancy that happening over the coming days after a poor start to the season.

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