Manchester United want to make a double purchase of Antony and Cody Gakpo in the final days of the summer transfer window.
Previously, Gakpo was considered an alternative to Antony because of the high price Ajax were asking for their star player.
But according to Dutch daily De Telegraaf, the PSV striker is not United’s second choice, but a target for a move himself.
The next 48 hours could prove crucial for both potential transfers, especially in Antony’s case.
It’s not at all clear whether United will match Ajax’s valuation of 100 million, which is a sign that the Eredivisie giants are very reluctant to part with the Brazilian ace.
The Red Devils have so far only offered 80 million, which Ajax rejected on Wednesday, but they intend to make one last attempt at a transfer after Antony missed the game against Sparta Rotterdam at the weekend.
Gakpo, on the other hand, would be a more affordable option, as PSV have set their demands at €50m. The Dutch team will not discuss a move before Wednesday, however, when they play for qualification to the Champions League group stage against Scottish giants Rangers.
How can Man Utd afford both stars?
United’s poor start to the 2022-23 season, which began with consecutive defeats to Brighton and Brentford, seems to have forced the club and its owners to act.
The Telegraph further reports that the Glazer family approved the extra spending at the end of the window after painfully revealing the team’s limitations in the opening games.
This new liberal approach to finances has allowed Casemiro to arrive from Real Madrid on favourable terms for both the player and his former club, and United will also be able to chase both of the young Dutch stars in the coming days.
Prior to this week, United spent a total of 72 million for Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacio in the summer market, which is significantly less than all of their Premier League rivals.
That sum will more than double if they add Antony and/or Gakpe to the already confirmed deal for Casemiro, but it’s not yet clear if that will be enough to get the club out of trouble.