Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is growing ‘frustrated’ about how his side are no closer to securing the signature of Ajax winger Antony.
The Red Devils are desperate to sign a forward before the transfer window closes but are struggling to bolster their ranks.
With Cristiano Ronaldo still pleading to leave the club, acquiring the services of a top striker has quickly become a priority at Old Trafford – regardless of if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner stays or departs. Antony was cited as the top priority at United, but Ajax are reluctant to sell.
The Eredivisie outfit have already lost several key assets over the past few months – including Lisandro Martinez to United – and therefore in no hurry, nor need, to sell anymore.
Ajax have therefore slapped a £70m price tag on Antony to fend off any interest and ensure that the Brazilian will be their player this season.
But this is much to the annoyance of Ten Hag, according to The Telegraph. They report that the Dutchman is ‘frustrated’ by the talks with his former side and how there has been ‘absolutely no progress’ on the deal. United also do not intend to match Ajax’s asking price for the 22-year-old.
The Red Devils did recently turn their attention elsewhere, having a bid rejected for Marko Arnautovic of Bologna.
However, before the club had time to submit an improved offer, they decided to withdraw from negotiations with the Serie A outfit and cool their interest.
Arnautovic has been punished by UEFA previously for using an anti-Albania slur, as well as being accused of racism in his earlier career.
Many United fans emailed the club and some went as far as contacting chief executive Richard Arnold directly to voice their concerns about the potential move.