Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder has revealed that there has been no change in Manchester United’s pursuit of Antony, who continues to push for a move away from the club.
The Brazil international has been left out of the matchday squad for Sunday’s trip to Utrecht – the second game in a row in which he has been omitted completely.
Since then, Ajax have rejected a third bid from United which 90min understands was worth €90m, prompting Antony to speak publicly about his desire to leave the club and further his career with United.
With Ajax digging their heels in, United still pushing for a deal and Antony continuing to ask for an exit, Schreuder confessed there was no way the 22-year-old could return to the squad on Sunday.
“The Antony situation hasn’t changed compared to last week,” he told ESPN. “We discuss it internally every day, also with the player.
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“He reports himself to the club and we speak about it. But I want to focus on the players we have here, for now Antony is not important.”
Sources have confirmed to 90min that Antony’s representatives are pleading with Ajax CEO, and former United goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar to authorise the winger’s exit, in the belief that the €90m offered is more than a fair fee.
Van der Sar was key in convincing Ajax to sell Lisandro Martinez to United earlier this summer and Antony is hopeful that the executive will have a similar impact on his future in the coming days.