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Reasons emerge to explain Manchester United’s patience over deal for Ajax winger Antony

Antony, Brazil and Ajax star, during Olympics Games match v Mexico at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Ibaraki, Japan

Manchester United are reportedly in no rush to sign Ajax winger Antony, despite Erik ten Hag’s men flying out on tour on Friday.

Ten Hag has managed to add Tyrell Malacia to his squad and the Dutch full-back will head on the club’s pre-season tour to Asia and Australia. Manchester United will play six games in 20 days, across four different countries.

But Ten Hag will have to wait to embed all of his potential targets. He also looks likely to be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed training for the third day on Wednesday, as per Goal.

The official explanation for his no-show has been “family reasons,” but the Portugal star is keen to leave the club.

The news has come at a bad time for Ten Hag, who could well do without the hassle of a transfer saga as he beds in at Carrington

But he will not hurry trying to land a replacement for Ronaldo. It’s unclear just how the Ronaldo situation will play out with the 35-year-old under contract for another 12 months.

One man who is believed to be on Ten Hag’s target list Antony. The 22-year-old was linked with United in April, but Ten Hag is understood to be happy to bide his time over a move for the player.

Ajax are close to signing Tottenham Hotspur attacker Steven Bergwijn and they are also working on a deal for RB Leipzig’s Brian Brobbey.

Both players can operate all across the front line and will be seen as adequate replacements for Antony.

Antony injury concern holding up United

Algemeen Dagblad, via Sport Witness, suggest United are keen on Antony but will wait. United officials will see what happens at Ajax before making a firm move for Antony.

The Brazilian also missed the final six weeks of the season with an ankle problem. He was forced off during Brazil’s 4-0 win over Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier in March.

He is undertaking a rehabilitation programme at Ajax. And last week Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder said: “He is still recovering from his injury. But I think the next few weeks are important.

“For his injury, we hope it improves quickly. I assume that he will be fit at the end of the preparation.”

Therefore United are also keen to see the player’s prognosis before pondering a big outlay.

Ajax are believed to be demanding €80m for the player. So United will wait closer to the transfer deadline of 11pm on Thursday, September 1 before making their move.