United chase Ajax striker for €100m

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Ajax for forward Antony.

United’s latest offer is thought to be close to the €100m (£85m) fee wanted by Ajax, a price which includes add-ons.

Antony was once again left out of the Ajax squad for yesterday’s game at Utrecht as talks between the clubs continued.

Personal terms are not thought to be a problem in this deal, which is expected to accelerate in the next 24 to 48 hours.

However, there is still work to do on both sides, with Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder wanting to keep Antony.

Ajax also want to bring in a replacement if they allow him to leave. If they cannot, they have to decide whether to keep the player or if the fee is too good to turn down.

United have been chasing the 22-year-old for several weeks and also saw a £67.9m (€80m) offer rebuffed by the club earlier this week. – Sky Sports

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