Manchester United have been told they must pay around £105million to secure the signings of Lisandro Martinez and Antony, after Ajax rebuffed two offers from the Red Devils for the players.
Martinez, 24, has twice asked Ajax to accept a bid from United for his services but the club’s latest offer of around £42.5m falls short of the Dutch club’s asking price.
Though United remain confident that an agreement can be closed, Ajax are viewing Martinez’s potential departure alongside that of his team-mate Antony.
The Brazilian is valued at £67m by Ajax and United’s opening offer of around £51m was rejected out of hand.
Ajax want to raise around £105m from the sale of the two players, according to the Times, and Ten Hag is pressurising his board to raise their offers.
Ten Hag had planned to have the players in his squad for the start of the club’s tour of the far-east and Australia but Tyrell Malacia remains the club’s only arrival so far.
United have agreed personal terms with Christian Eriksen over a move to Old Trafford, with the Dane expected to sign his contract next week.
United continue to insist that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale, despite the veteran’s declaration that he wants to leave the club.
The 37-year-old told the club’s board last week that he wishes to leave the club in order to play Champions League football next term.
However, Chelsea are the most interested party in Ronaldo and United would not contemplate selling to a direct rival.
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