It seems Antony is close to joining Manchester United. The great left-footed Brazilian has wanted to come to the red part of Manchester for a long time, but Ajax does not want to give in and is asking for a figure of 100 million euros.
Manchester United has been negotiating for several months, but the stubborn management of Ajax believes that Antony is worth much more than what United is giving. However, as Sky Sports reports, it seems that United and Ajax have reached an agreement and that the player will sign a contract with the Red Devils.
The transfer should amount to 100 million euros with potential bonuses. Antony recently stated that in February of this year he told the board that he wanted to leave the club. Brazilian did not plan to extend his contract, but it seems that the Ajax management had other plans.
"Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face a new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and, with them, certainly a great offer. During the window months, meetings concluded including a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal.
I made it clear once again I want to leave the club. Today in a meeting with the board I expressed my interest in leaving the club, this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others have already arrived (but) Ajax always refuses with the argument it only has five days to replace (me).
I'm not asking (for Ajax) to release me, I am asking Ajax to sell me as the highest bid received by a player who plays in the Eredivisie."
Antony wants a new adventure
Antony is happy with his performances in Ajax and the time he spent, but now he is eager for a new challenge in his career and believes that it is the ideal time for a change of environment.
If he actually signs a contract with United, Antony will again have the opportunity to work with his former coach, Erik ten Haag. "I was very happy in Amsterdam, I won titles at Ajax, made friends and built part of my career, but now I reinforce that I am ready and full of motivation to follow my story and my dreams," Antony added.
"People need to listen to me and understand that my motivation moves me towards happiness. I need this to continue performing at a high level. Ajax will always be in my heart."