New manager Erik ten Hag United wants to bring the two players from his former team to Premier League, but he faces competition from Arsenal, who have already made a second offer of £34m to Ajax for Argentina defender Martinez.
According to The Sun, Ajax are only going to do business with Manchester United if they can meet their valuation of the player. The Dutch giants value Martinez at £45m, and they have placed an asking price of around £70m for Brazil winger Antony.
The news outlet also claims Ajax will play ‘hardball’ because they know United are ‘desperate’ for specific players, as they returned to pre-season training under Ten Hag’s new regime on Monday.
The Old Trafford side wants to sell Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe this summer to raise funds for their transfer business.
Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant have already left the club on free transfers as Erik Ten Hag trims his squad.
Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, who made over 100 appearances for Ajax, has been linked with United.
Other transfer targets are Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, while Christian Eriksen, whose short-term contract at Brentford is about to end, is also thought to be ready to decide within days whether he will join Ten Hag’s rebuild.