Antony lifts lid on his push to leave Ajax as latest Man Utd bid is rejected

Antony says he told Ajax he wanted to leave the club way back in February and is desperate to move before the transfer window closes, as Manchester United’s interest continues.

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The 22-year-old has been the subject of two bids from the Red Devils this summer, but the Dutch club have rejected both, most recently an enormous offer of €90m (£76m).

The Eredivisie champions have lost a number of players this summer and do not want to let any more go, although it is thought that a bid of €100m (£85m) might be enough for United to get the winger.

Antony is frustrated that it is taking this long for his future to be decided, as he says he initially told the club he wanted a summer exit back in February.

The Brazilian says Ajax are claiming they cannot let him go now as they have not got time to replace him, but he’s not buying that excuse as he gave them months of notice.

‘Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and with them, certainly a great offer,’ Antony told Fabrizio Romano.

‘In June of this year, I interrupted my vacation and came personally to inform the managers of Ajax, including new coach, about my wish to leave and that they should consider this possibility, because it was a project for two seasons.

‘During the window months, meetings continued and I also received a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal. I made it clear once again: I WANT TO LEAVE.

‘Today, in a meeting with the club, I expressed my old interest in leaving, only this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others had already arrived! Ajax refused with argument that they only have five days to replace me.

‘I’m not asking for them to release me, I’m asking Ajax to sell me to the highest bid received for a player in the history of the Eredivise.

‘I’ve been insisting on this since February, so the club can rebuild with peace of mind.’

Talks are ongoing between the clubs, but Ajax seem to be sticking to their guns despite Antony’s wishes and the very generous offers from United.

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