Manchester United have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ for Ajax star Antony while Anthony Martial is set for a surprise contract extension.
Martial missed Saturday’s 1-0 win at Southampton with an Achilles injury but made his first league appearance in over a year in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool last Monday.
Martial spent half of last season on loan at La Liga side Sevilla after falling out of favour at Old Trafford, prompting many to believe he was set to be offloaded.
According to The Sun, United boss Erik ten Hag has told Martial he has a big part to play this season, while the forward has been described as far happier under the Dutchman than any of his predecessors.
Martial, 26, has two years left on his existing deal worth £250,000-a-week and failure to secure a contract extension before then could lead to the forward being available for a cheaper sum next summer.
United chiefs are looking to avoid another star exit following the recent departures of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard by offering Martial an additional two years to his deal.
The France international swapped Monaco for Manchester in a deal worth up to £55million in September 2015 and has netted 79 goals in 270 appearances for the Red Devils.
But he has often flattered to deceive despite possessing an abundance of talent and has seen his stock both rise and fall under the six managers he has played under since his arrival.
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Erik ten Hag appears to be convinced by Martial’s qualities and the Frenchman’s upturn in form suggests the Dutchman might be the man to unearth his talent tenfold if he can shrug off his speight of persistent injuries.
Meanwhile, United look set to cough up the £84m Ajax have told them to pay to sign Antony.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says an agreement in principle has been reached, adding that Antony set to sign a five-year contract with an option to a further year.
Antony was left out of Ajax’s squad to face Utrecht on Sunday, the second match he has missed in a row.
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