MU has just taken another step in their efforts to recruit Antony and Lisandro Martinez, two favorite students of coach Erik Ten Hag when he was still managing Ajax.
In the context of MU fans worried about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, they have just received positive news in the transfer market. According to the Daily Record, “Red Devils” have reached a personal agreement with both Antony and Martinez. Coach Ten Hag is said to have used his close teacher-student relationship with Martinez to convince the Argentine midfielder to choose MU over Arsenal.
Coach Ten Hag has the opportunity to reunite with two old games Antony and Martinez
Coach Ten Hag knows Antony and Martinez very well because he coached the duo during his time at Ajax. So the Dutchman wants to make them his next two signings following the arrival of left-back Tyrell Malacia earlier this week.
Both Antony and Martinez have even put pressure on the Ajax board to allow them to move to Old Trafford this summer. However, the Daily Record revealed that the Dutch champions remained firm in their stance as they kept the asking price of £106.1m for their mainstay duo.
Coach Ten Hag was the one who brought Martinez to Ajax from Defensa y Justicia of Argentina in 2019. To date, Martinez has made 120 appearances for the most traditional club in Dutch football. The 23-year-old can play as a centre-back, left-back and even a defensive midfielder.
A year later, Antony joined Ajax from Brazilian team Sao Paulo in 2020 and has quickly occupied the starting position since. The Brazil international missed the end of last season with an ankle injury.
Coach Ten Hag clearly has plans to reunite his former players this summer. The Dutch strategist is also urging the MU leadership to recruit Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
De Jong played under coach Ten Hag for two seasons at Ajax before the Dutch midfielder moved to Barcelona in 2019. However, the “Red Devils” are currently having difficulty convincing Barcelona to agree to sell the player. 25 years old.