The Red Devils tabled a new offer of around €80m on Wednesday, which was rejected by the Dutch club.
It seems that Antony is getting away with his efforts to force a departure from Ajax, as the club decided that he would not travel with the squad to face Sparta Rotterdam today.
The Brazilian is one of Erik Ten Hag’s main targets at Manchester United, but Ajax have refused to negotiate for the player.
That led the 22-year-old to go on something of a strike. He did not train on Friday, saying he is “not mentally ready to train” and refused a new contract. Yesterday, photos were posted on social media showing him enjoying a glass of wine with his agent and playing in a garden when he was supposed to be in a closed-door training match.
Amid rumours that United could be preparing another bid, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said last night that. :
“Understand that Antonio will NOT be in Ajax’s XI against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday. The Brazilian star did not train with the group yesterday and today.
“Antony wants Manchester United and expects Ajax to negotiate with Man Utd when the new offer is presented.
This morning, Italian journalist Rudy Galetti tweeted:
“Even yesterday, contacts continued between #Antony’s agent and #MUFC.
“Player just wants to join #ManUTD: #Ajax seems convinced to let him go with the right offer.”
“Further contact is expected soon between the clubs too.”
Meanwhile, journalist Duncan Castles claimed in The Times that “Ajax expect Manchester United to increase their offer for their Brazilian striker Antony to €100m (£84.9m)”.