Erik ten Hag will make high demands during the transfer window if Manchester United ratify the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The Red Devils have yet to sign and have already lost a number of players.
United boss Ten Hag will tell the club toppers that they have to get Ajax star Antony if they want to sell Ronaldo this summer.
The Portugal international has told the Red Devils that he wants to leave during the transfer window because he wants to play in the Champions League. After United finished sixth in the Premier League, they will no longer be in the competition next season.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is looking for a new club for his client and has already met Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly. Bayern Munich and Napoli are also interested in picking up the 37-year-old.
According to The Mirror, Ten Hag is willing to urge his bosses to replace Ronaldo with Antony, with the club making plans for a life without Ronaldo. Ajax has priced the Brazilian winger at £70 million, which is open to joining the Red Devils.
But Old Trafford’s new manager is keen to reunite with the 22-year-old this summer, having developed him into a top star at Ajax. Ten Hag would like to strengthen his attacking options, while players like Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard have already left.
United has big plans in the transfer period, but despite his pleas, he must not spend a cent under Ten Hag. In addition to Antony, his Ajax teammates Lisandro Martinez and Jurrien Timber have also been linked.
Feyenoord star Tyrell Malacia is close to agreeing a transfer to Old Trafford after United hijacked Lyon’s transfer offer. FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been linked all summer and the total investment could be around £120 million.
However, as the Red Devils prepare to consider whether to let Ronaldo go, they will demand compensation. The former Juventus star joined from the Serie A club last summer on a deal worth £13million.