Manchester United target “nowhere to be seen” at pre-season training as £69m transfer stance “made clear”

The Ajax attacker was reportedly absent when the squad got back together as speculation over a move to Old Trafford continues.

Manchester United transfer target Antony was “nowhere to be seen” as Ajax returned for pre-season training, according to a report in The Mirror.

The Dutch side’s players were back at work this week but the Brazilian attacker was absent as speculation over a move to Old Trafford continues.

The former São Paulo winger worked with new United head coach Erik Ten Hag at the Amsterdam club and there appears to be interest from both parties in a reunion this summer.

Here is what the latest reports linking Antony with a move to the Red Devils are saying:

Antony not present at Ajax training as he makes transfer stance clear

As reported by The Mirror, Ajax resumed pre-season training on Friday under new manager Alfred Schreuder.

However, Antony did not join up with his teammates and is “seeminglytaking the next step in pushing through his move” to Old Trafford.

The 22-year old first moved to The Netherlands in 2020 and spent the past two seasons working under Erik ten Hag at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

The Brazil international is said to be very keen on the move to Manchester and “wants his club to cooperate” with Ajax having placed a £69m price-tag on his services.

United had reportedly thought they could secure a move for around £40m but have been dealt a blow with the latest valuation.

Bayern Munich director dismisses Ronaldo rumours

In other news, Recent transfer gossip that Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to depart Manchester United and join Bayern Munich has been dismissed by one of the German club’s directors.

Hasan Salihamidzic was speaking to Sky Sports Germany and said : “Cristiano Ronaldo is a top player with an outstanding career. However, the rumor that is circulating is a rumor that has nothing to do with it.”