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Report: Manchester United submit mammoth Antony bid but need to raise it by £16 million

Manchester United have allegedly had an €80 million (£68m) bid for talented Ajax attacker Antony rejected.

That’s according to The Athletic who claim that United must pay £84m if they want to sign the 22-year-old winger.

Erik ten Hag seems to be hitting brick walls left, right and centre when it comes to getting deals for his main transfer targets over the line.

As things stand, the United manager has tried, and failed, to sign the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Benjamin Sesko and Matheus Cunha.

The Red Devils are in desperate need of a few exciting additions. It seems as though a deal for Casemiro is gaining pace (Sky Sports), and he seemingly isn’t the only Brazilian Ten Hag wants to sign.

Manchester United have bid for Antony rejected

The Athletic reckon that United made a huge £68m offer for the Brazilian winger but received an instant rejection from Ajax. The Dutch outfit are allegedly holding out for closer to £84m.

It remains to be seen whether United will go back in with an improved offer, but we really think they should. Antony is a special, special young talent.

We think that Antony would be a truly stunning addition for United this summer. He has been described as a ‘real deal young Ronaldo’ by Eurosport. The Ajax star has also been labelled as a ‘superstar in the making’ and ‘unstoppable’ by the Express.

Antony has also drawn comparisons with Brazilian legends Neymar and Ronaldinho (Goal). On top of all of that, Manchester Evening News have labelled him as a ‘scintillating’ player.

He bagged 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 games for Ajax last season. The previous campaign he chalked up 10 goals and 10 assists in 46 games. Those are impressive numbers for someone so young.

He can play on either wing, is exceptionally fast and possesses incredible technique. Antony’s play is quintessentially Brazilian – he plays with an abundance of flair and always tries to excite the crowd.

Antony possesses everything that Ten Hag is desperately lacking amongst his ranks at United at the moment.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are just not producing the goods on a consistent enough basis. There are clearly big problems at Old Trafford and Ten Hag has a tough task to turn things around.

We believe that signing Antony would have a major impact on United’s fortunes though. Sure, the Eredivisie is a far inferior standard to the Premier League, but this player has something very special about him.

He has proven over a period of time that he has truly exceptional talent. With his speed and direct playing style, he should have no problem adjusting to the ferociously paced Premier League.

And if it takes £84m for United to bring Antony to Old Trafford, the Glazers should make it happen in our view.

Read also: Manchester United reportedly make contact for £42 million striker.

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