The Treble Column: June 27
Antony’s fees are outrageous and there’s a reason why
Ajax are demanding £69m for Brazil winger Antony amid interest from Manchester United, report The Mirror.
Selling clubs still have the right to dictate prices and Ajax don’t want their squad disbanded, of which Antony is a key part.
But when it comes to looking at Manchester United interest, £69m is too much to pay, given the same fee is expected to be agreed for Frenkie de Jong, The Telegraph report.
It would take United’s transfer spend to nearly £140m for two players, above the £120m budget the Times reported was available before player sales – of which there are none. has had so far none.
Antony is a perfect fit for United, he’s a top prospect that Erik ten Hag knows and trusts, and he would bring balance to the club’s right-wing position, with United’s best wide options preferring to play to the left.
There’s also another reason why Antony’s price is high, and that’s because there’s a dearth of quality right-wing options in his age and talent range in Europe.
The best comparable option is Raphinha, but there are obvious issues to deal with with Leeds, which fabrice romano reports want £65million,
United are going to have to try and find alternatives at a cheaper price unless Antony finds a way to force a move.
Glazer anger must maintain
Manchester United fans were seething with anger last Friday when the Glazers withdrew their £11million half-yearly from the club in dividends.
MUST have declared him ‘indefensible’ and a ‘reward for failure’ after the club’s worst season in the Premier League.
This feeling must hold and cannot be allowed to fade when a few transfer moves begin to materialize.
The 1958 fan base set their sights when they launched for consistent protests, and there will likely be a presence in the club’s first home game of the season. This is just the beginning.
United fans have already dropped the ball by not following the hard-hitting protests, and that can’t fade.
There’s a reason United are in the position we’re in, and it’s not Erik ten Hag’s fault, it’s all down to the Glazers, and fans need to remember that as the season progresses. .
The hard work starts now
The Manchester United players are back in training today, with all players not involved in internationals returning to Carrington.
This is an opportunity for Erik ten Hag to get to know his players, start implementing his vision and look forward to 2022/23.
Pre-season in June seems unheard of, but getting an early start is crucial for United. There’s some serious work to be done to start tackling last season’s nightmare and putting it firmly in the rearview mirror.
Erik ten Hag can bring a new approach and start laying the foundations of his vision. It will be truly fascinating to watch it begin to take shape over the next few weeks.