Player absent from pre-season training with his club. He wants to join Manchester United

Antony Manchester United Ajax Brazil Erik ten Hag
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Manchester United transfer target Antony was not pictured in the first pre-season training session of Ajax on Friday.

New Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder, who replaced Erik ten Hag, took charge of proceedings for the first time, as he gets to know his players implement his ethos and methods.

However, Brazilian attacker Antony failed to turn up for pre-season training with Ajax on Friday amid interest from Manchester United, according to Manchester Evening News.

Jurrien Timber was not pictured in Ajax’s first session, but the young defender was away with the Netherlands national team recently, so was given time off.

However, Antony wasn’t involved in the latest Brazil squad this month and was expected back on the first day of pre-season training with Ajax.

It’s unclear whether Antony has refused to train to push a move to the Premier League or whether he is on the verge of securing a transfer away from Ajax to Manchester United.

Ajax have also not confirmed why the 22 year old Brazilian was missing from Schreuder’s first training session.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has identified Antony as the ideal option to bolster the club’s right-wing options and solve what has been a problematic position for the Red Devils over the last few years.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga and Jadon Sancho all prefer to play from the left side of attack.

Despite being absent from the first day of pre-season, Antony’s future was addressed by new Ajax boss Schreuder.

“Clearly, we want to keep the boy,” Schreuder told ESPN.

“He has a contract until 2025, but I’m not about that [any individual players]. I’m about the squad and I really want to work with him. He knows that and the club know that too.”

Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Chelsea are also reportedly interested in signing Antony.