ERIK TEN HAG is growing increasingly confident about reconnecting with two Manchester United players.
Manchester United has confirmed the signings of Ajax winger Antony and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer. Erik ten Hag wants to bolster problem spots with two former Ajax players in his first transfer window as manager.
United has begun formal negotiations with De Jong, who could be the first signing of Ten Hag’s rebuild at Old Trafford if a deal is reached next week. According to other sources, Manchester United has made a £40 million proposal for Antony after his representatives traveled to Europe to arrange a transfer.
According to talkSPORT football analyst Alex Crook’s latest statements, both players appear to be getting closer to reuniting with Ten Hag. Crook claims United have refused to deny their interest in Antony, leading him to believe the Brazilian and De Jong are ‘certainties’ for the summer.
He stated on a Monday broadcast: “We were talking about prospective transfer stories during the break, and I said I think United are definitely interested in Antony – you replied ‘excellent player.’ For the majority of the season, his numbers were respectable.
“I believe he was injured at the conclusion of the season, but he’s clearly someone Erik ten Hag knows well. There have been rumors of a £40 million bid for him. Certainly, my sources at United haven’t denied the rumors, therefore I believe Antony is a target.
“In fact, I received a text from someone else saying, ‘I would be amazed if he doesn’t become a Manchester United player.’ At the moment, he and Frenkie de Jong appear to be two sure arrivals at Manchester United, both of whom Ten Hag clearly trusts and believes he can bring out the best in.”
Antony, 22, might provide an attacking alternative to Darwin Nunez, who is set to join Liverpool for £85 million. Meanwhile, De Jong is thought to be Ten Hag’s top target, with Barcelona open to offers for the 25-year-old due to the club’s financial difficulties.
After the free transfers of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, and Juan Mata this summer, United is lacking in midfield. And, given that Ten Hag inherited a club devoid of a first-team left-footed winger, luring both Antony and De Jong to Old Trafford in the early stages of the transfer window makes sense.