Manchester United plan to approach Ajax again for Antony before the end of the window. Deal considered more than difficult, as Ajax want to keep him – but Man Utd will try again.
Essentially, Gakpo is Manchester United’s alternative to Antony, a priority transfer target who has been priced out of the club’s reach.
Cody Gakpo remains easier option in the list – as Pulisic loan depends on Todd Boehly.
The Times reported a move for Antony would set United back around £70 million. There were even claims Ajax could increase this demand. It was time to step away.
There is a good argument Cody Gakpo is a better player at a substantially cheaper cost.
Gakpo better than Antony
Manchester United would be signing a player nearly twice as prolific at half the cost. The Telegraph report there is a £35 million asking price.
Gakpo made a huge impact last season for PSV, scoring the goal which secured the KNVB Cup final against Ajax. Antony missed the game through injury.
CODY GAKPO 21/22: 21 Goals, 15 assists
ANTONY 21/22: 12 goals, 10 assists
Gakpo’s 36 goals and assists in all competitions eclipses Antony’s 22, and at a cheaper price, there is a lot to like about this deal.