Brazilian press report Antony is keen to leave Ajax and Manchester United have expressed interest
Ajax winger Antony pledged to always support Erik ten Hag in a goodbye message to the manager posted by the Dutch club.
He could have an opportunity to put this loyalty to the test, with The Telegraph reporting the Red Devils’ interest in the winger.
A report from his native Brazil now insists Antony is keen to leave Ajax and move to the Premier League, with United reported by UOL Esporte to have made a ‘concrete proposal’ to the winger.
Ajax are reportedly pushing for a big fee, with former club Sao Paulo set to receive part of a sell-on fee for the winger.
Antony is keen to leave Ajax
Brazilian news outlet UOL Esporte report Antony is keen to leave Ajax and take on a new challenge, with Manchester United one of his preferred options.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool are said to be attractive to Antony, who is not reported to be interested in a proposal from Newcastle.
United have a key advantage over Liverpool due to two factors, one of which is the clear and obvious Erik ten Hag connection.
The second is Liverpool want to resolve Mohamed Salah’s future first and may only consider a move if the Egyptian forward does not sign a new contract.
This means if Manchester United act quickly, the club are clear frontrunners to seal a deal for Antony.
Deal would be expensive
Ajax are not due to receive all the fee for Antony, which is likely to push up financial demands for the winger.
UOL Esporte report that former club Sao Paulo will receive 20 per cent of any fee above £12 million, not inclusive of the initial £12m itself, the fee Ajax bought him for. A move could cost United around £50 million.
Antony has been a big hit at Ajax, scoring 22 goals, although is under a contract with the Dutch club until 2025.
The ball is in United’s court. No offer has yet been made to Ajax, although UOL Esporte report the player has a ‘concrete proposal’ to the player.
Manager Erik ten Hag held a ‘transfer summit‘ with director of football John Murtough last week. Plans to sign new players are likely to accelerate between now and the end of the month.