Manchester United are very interested in making a move for Ajax’s Brazilian winger Antony.
What’s the word?
That’s according to respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, who wrote on Twitter that Manchester United hold a “genuine interest” in the forward.
At this moment no bid has been tabled, but discussions have gone on within the club.
Antony had reportedly drawn interest from Newcastle and Liverpool, but with Romano confirming concrete interest from the Red Devils, it appears they are in the driving seat for the skilful attacker.
Antony and Sancho could be frightening
With Sancho having got through what was a difficult first year at Old Trafford, this coming season under Ten Hag promises much more for the 22-year-old who should thrive under his system.
With the introduction of another trickster at United, Premier League defences should be scared at the prospect of facing these two next year.
Antony recorded 12 goal contributions last season in the Eredivisie, dressing his solid return up with a showmanship akin to Red Devils favourite Eric Cantona.
His progressive carries per 90 also rank him in the 98th percentile, whilst boasting 4.08 shots and 6.59 touches in the opposition penalty area per 90. These stats are indicative of a winger willing to run at defences and try the extraordinary.
“He is certainly a player who would flourish in the Premier League. If Ten Hag is to have a huge overhaul at Old Trafford Antony is the sort of player the fans would love. I think Antony would be a great addition.”
The 22-year-old Brazilian also boasts a fine record in Europe’s elite competition, with six goal contributions in just seven games. His average SofaScore rating of 7.43 makes him Ajax’s second-best performer in the competition, only behind the free-scoring Sebastien Haller.
To reunite Antony with his former manager and create a fearsome dynamic on each wing, both supplying one of the greatest goal scorers of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo, could be a frightening prospect.
It would certainly go a long way in helping propel the Manchester outfit back up the league table where they will feel they belong.