Brazilian winger Antony is one of the most wanted young players in the world right now after a fantastic 2021/22.

Manchester United look set to gain a key advantage to his signature in the summer if his current Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is appointed as is expected, with The Telegraph tipping an announcement for next week.

A separate Telegraph report last month claimed Antony was a top target for Ten Hag at United, and this has also been reported by The Mirror.

Replacing Antony looks set to be a concern for Ajax next season, and now Ten Hag is set to get a peek first hand, without the money to spend, after the winger picked up an injury.

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Antony season at risk

Antony could now miss the remainder of the season after picking up an injury on international duty with Brazil.

The winger was stretchered off in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia last week and missed Ajax’s weekend Eredivisie win.

Ajax initially hope he would make a swift recovery, but after scans, they now state: “The injury to the right ankle is more serious than initially thought.”

The club statement added: “Trainer Erik ten Hag can in any case not call on Antony for the entire month of April. There is even a chance that the attacker will not be in action at all this season.”

This rules Antony out of the Dutch Cup final in mid-April, with Ajax set to take on PSV Eindhoven. He will also miss the rest of the Eredivisie run-in, where Ajax have a five point gap.

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The winger has scored 12 goals this season and has provided eight assists, and United’s interest is understandable.

While United would want assurances over Antony’s ankle injury, the lay-off might end up suiting United.

A strong end to the season would have inflated his price tag, and hopefully by time negotiations come around, Ajax set a reasonable fee, rather than going upwards of £50 million.

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