Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has told Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag not to raid his former team for summer signings.
The Red Devils have been linked with Jurrien Timber, Lisandro Martinez and Antony in recent weeks but Schreuder says his club won’t simply allow ten Hag to take his best players:
“Erik knows that he should not buy players from Ajax. I’m kidding. You never know in football. But it is not important to me to talk about Erik or United. We have to talk about Ajax and we know that we are a very big and strong club.”
At the moment, it doesn’t look as if negotiations are particularly well advanced for any of Ajax’s players. Timber appears to have decided to remain with the Eredivisie champions as he is worried that he may lose his place in the Netherlands squad for the World Cup.
Martinez is believed to be available for between €45m (£38.7m) and €50m (£43m), but Arsenal are said to be very interested in the Argentinian international as well.
When it comes to Antony, Ajax are reportedly holding out for as much as €80m (£69m), which is a sizeable outlay. Chelsea have also reportedly held talks with the Brazilian’s agent so that deal could prove rather difficult to complete.