The Dutch champions have already said goodbye to several first-team players this summer, and manager Alfred Schreuder does not want winger Antony to join them.
Antony, 22, has been extensively connected with a reunion with former Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils are obviously eager to sign a new right-winger. Mason Greenwood, the club’s first-choice right winger, is still suspended indefinitely, Amad is still far from being a regular starter, and Facundo Pellistri, who is also very young and inexperienced, appears to be going for successive loans (ESPN).
Despite his apparent admiration for the young Brazilian wide-attacker, ten Hag may have to go elsewhere.
“Are you worried Antony will leave?” “No, no,” Schreuder recently told reporters, as Fabrizio Romano reported.
“We’ve sold a set number of players, and I don’t expect anyone else to leave.” We communicate on a daily basis. It would be detrimental to our team if we lost another starting player.”
United have already signed Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, and with striker Sebastien Haller moving Borussia Dortmund and Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich, it is difficult to conceive that even a selling club like Ajax would agree to part ways with another regular starter.
It will be intriguing to watch whether the Red Devils flex their financial powers and make the Dutch team an offer they can’t refuse, or if they accept defeat and go on to other targets.