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Manchester United plot bid for Ajax’s Antony

Manchester United are plotting to initiate new contact with Ajax over their Brazilian winger Antony.

What’s the word?

That’s according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, who revealed on Twitter that, despite Frenkie de Jong still sitting atop their transfer list, Antony is also a priority.

He claims that the Dutch giants are demanding at least €80m (£69m) for his services.

Reports from the players’ camp suggest he wants the move, as he has insisted the club consider any “potential proposals” throughout the summer.

In his tweet, Romano said: “New contact will take place soon for Antony. Player’s camp wants Ajax to consider potential proposals already this summer, as reported last week. Ajax insist they want €80m. Manchester United focused on de Jong but Antony’s still one of the top names in the list.”

Imagine him & Sancho

With Jadon Sancho having struggled throughout his first year at Old Trafford, this coming season under Erik ten Hag could see the 22-year-old thrive in a new system.

Meanwhile, the potential introduction of another tricky attacker at United could spell danger for Premier League defences, as these two should run riot on opposite flanks.

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 of forwards in Europe’s big five leagues, whilst also boasting 4.08 shots and 6.59 touches in the opposition penalty area per 90 minutes. These stats are indicative of a winger willing to run at defences and try the extraordinary.

Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has reportedly been keeping a keen eye on the £31.5m-rated ace, and had the following to say about him:

“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.”

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The 22-year-old Brazilian also boasts a fine record in the Champions League, with six goal contributions in just seven games last term. His average SofaScore rating of 7.43 made him Ajax’s second-best performer in the competition, only behind Sebastien Haller.

Perhaps his signing would allow England international Sancho to recapture his better days at Dortmund, where he contributed to 20 goals in just 26 Bundesliga games in the season before last.

To reunite Antony with his former manager and create a fearsome duo with Jadon Sancho, both supplying the great Cristiano Ronaldo, should very much be an exciting prospect for the Old Trafford faithful.

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