Ajax winger Antony made his long awaited return from injury last night after months on the sidelines.
This comes amid ongoing speculation linking the winger with a move to Manchester United, with 90Min reporting the club are willing to spend almost £60 million to sign him.
Antony missed the end of last season including the KNVB Cup final and title run-in.
He had suffered an injury for Brazil in an international match against Bolivia at the end of March.
Antony thrilled to make return
Antony was thrilled to make his return with Tuesday night’s friendly match against Shakhtar providing his first minutes since injury.
The Brazilian winger sent a message on Instagram expressing his happiness at being back in action.
Antony’s return to fitness is also potentially important to Manchester United.
If the club are going to invest a big fee to sign him, there needs to be assurances over his fitness, and so this was an important step forward.
Ajax have been unable to provide assurances they will be able to keep Antony despite their desire to, although want close to £70 million for the player.
The Times reported last month that Antony is ‘determined’ to join Manchester United, and The Mail reported last week that one of his agents visited England to hold talks with the Red Devils.