Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Ajax winger Antony. The player is linked with a move away from the Dutch giants this summer.
Manchester United are also interested in signing him. However, Ajax are reportedly asking for a fee of around £80m. Although, the club is ready to negotiate a fee around the valuation.
CHELSEA AND ANTONY TRANSFER LINKS FULL STORY
According to reports, Chelsea are ready to battle with their rivals t sign the winger. The report also adds that Thomas Tuchel is keen to add more firepower to his side. It is due to the departure of Romelu Lukaku and the lack of goals by Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. Although, Raheem Sterling has been signed from Manchester City. But moves for Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele have failed to materialize.
Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry also has emerged as a potential alternative. Although, his priority is to extend his contract with the Bundesliga side. The German boss wants to close the gap on Man City and Liverpool in the upcoming season. The future of Armando Broja is also up in the air. So, signing a proven goalscorer has to be the next priority for Chelsea.
MANCHESTER UNITED STILL LEADS THE RACE FOR THE BRAZILIAN WINGER
The report also states that Manchester United are currently leading the race for the winger. He reportedly is very keen to reunite with Erik Ten Hag at United. However, the club are yet to meet the Dutch’s side valuation. Although, the player is pushing for a move. He is desperate to play in the Premier League. However, Manchester United have failed with their first bid.
Ajax value Antony at around €80m (£67.8m). However, the report states that United are offering only €60m (£51m). Therefore, the deal is far from being completed. Ten Hag has also urged the United hierarchy to increase their offers. The player has also urged Ajax to value him realistically. A deal for his teammate Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United is close to completion.
Antony enjoyed an impressive 2021-22 campaign in front of goal for Ajax. He scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 32 appearances across all competition. His impressive performances has attracted interest from top European teams.
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