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Manchester United could be about to sign another Antony and Martinez

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Man Utd’s next six Premier League fixtures Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoManchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly an admirer of Mohammed Kudus, who previously played under the Dutchman at Ajax. So with that the case, it’s possible the Red Devils will conduct yet another transfer raid on their Eredivisie counterparts. Lisandro Martinez and Antony both swapped Amsterdam for Old Trafford back in the summer, despite Ajax previously being reluctant to let either of the pair depart.Manchester United bolstered their midfield back in the summer when they brought in Christian Eriksen and Casemiro, with the pair arriving after spells at Brentford and Real Madrid respectively.However, according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are open to further strengthening in that position.The usual names are being linked. United are apparently in the mix to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, who recently impressed at the World Cup in Qatar with England.They previously tried to land the 19-year-old from Birmingham in the summer transfer window of 2020, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager, only to end up missing out.Frenkie de Jong is another player of interest to United, despite the Red Devils being unable to lure him away from Barcelona back in the summer.Man Utd transfers: Ten Hag is going to sign his own Haaland Manchester United signed Antony and Lisandro Martinez back in the summer transfer window (Image: GETTY)But the report also mentions Kudus, who played in all three of Ghana’s World Cup matches this winter.With Ten Hag an admirer of the 22-year-old, who he previously managed during his spell at Ajax, it’s possible United will come knocking on their door once again.And Ajax can be forgiven for fearing the worst, having been unable to thwart the Red Devils’ plans to recruit both Martinez and Antony in the summer.United knew they needed another centre-back to challenge the likes of Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof for a starting berth.And though Arsenal were keen on Martinez, the Red Devils ended up forking out a huge £47million to win the race for the Argentina international instead.DON’T MISS Barcelona have De Jong to Man Utd transfer beliefDe Jong makes decision on leaving Barcelona in JanuaryThree strikers Ten Hag prefers to Felix for Man Utd Manchester United pair Antony and Lisandro Martinez are targeting trophies this season (Image: GETTY)Edwin van der Sar, who works at Ajax as a director of football, opened up on Martinez’s departure earlier in the season by saying: “It was our opinion they should stay for another year.“We gave a firm ‘no’ to Arsenal when they came first for Lisandro; we fought hard to keep him.“It was [an] economic [decision] but it was a hard one to take. We knew there was interest but not at that level and it was too late to find a good replacement.”And, on Antony, he added: “I don’t think the way [Antony] handled it was the correct one, but it’s important all the players who leave Ajax have success because it reflects well on us.”Ajax had made it clear to Antony that, despite his desire to leave for a new challenge, he wouldn’t be allowed to leave.Want the latest football news? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here Manchester United have transfer interest in Ajax star Mohammed Kudus (Image: GETTY)But United used their wealth to their advantage, bringing him to the Premier League for a massive £86m – making him one of their most-expensive signings in the process.Only Paul Pogba, who cost them £89m when he swaggered back from Juventus, has cost more.Antony and Martinez aren’t the only players to have left Ajax for United over the years, either.Tim Fosu-Mensah joined the Red Devils at the age of 16 in 2014 with Louis van Gaal, manager at the time, believing he could be a key asset in the future. Manchester United have seen Antony and Lisandro Martinez start well at Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)However, the defender struggled to make his mark and left for Bayer Leverkusen in the January transfer window of 2021.Also in 2014, United poached Daley Blind from Ajax after he’d impressed playing for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.And, in the summer of 2020, United won the race for Donny van de Beek – who had previously been linked with a move to Spain with Real Madrid.Van de Beek is yet to really hit his stride in English football, however, and many think he’ll be on the move if he continues to toil under Ten Hag.

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