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Report: Ajax Hike Price For Antony In Order To Hit Back At Erik Ten Hag

Report: Ajax Hike Price For Antony In Order To Hit Back At Erik Ten Hag
By Rory Cassidy

Erik Ten Hag's first summer as Manchester United boss has been dealt a blow with his former club Ajax reportedly increasing the price for Antony, leaving the Dutch man with a big decision to make.

United have already signed Argentinian defender Lisandro Martinez from the Eredivisie champions this summer and they are eager to raid them once again to secure the services of the Brazilian, who provided eight goals and four assists last season.

Teamtalk are reporting that Ajax are growing increasingly frustrated with Erik ten Hag as the 52-year old continues to attempt to cherrypick the best players from his old team. As a result, they will attempt to make the negotiations for Antony as difficult as possible.

In saying that, their technical manager Gerry Hamstra admitted recently in an interview with Dutch football magazine Voetbal International,  that "you can never say never" when it comes to transfer business and referring possibly to Antony said some players "have a wish to leave."

Just days before that, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder had stated that the player would be staying at the club for the upcoming campaign.

Ajax hike Antony price as Manchester United circle

In a bid to deter United, Ajax have now slapped a €100m (£84m) price tag on Antony, a €19m increase on their previous valuation.

That would make Antony the second most expensive player in the club's history, with only Paul Pogba's move from Juventus eclipsing that fee. It would seem like a massive overpay for a player of his calibre.

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As a result, a move seems unlikely should Ajax stick to their guns.

Having signed Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen this summer, Ten Hag will be looking to make some further additions before United get their Premier League campaign under way against Brighton on August 7th.

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