Chelsea also to Manchester United Antony – Man United News And Transfer News

Despite numerous behind-the-scenes changes that have excited fans, Manchester United’s transfer deals so far have been slow and laborious. Although new manager Erik ten Hag has informed the board of the players he wants at his disposal, the club has been reluctant to transfer Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and the saga has been going on for over a month.

After the disastrous campaign in the Premier League, it was necessary to strengthen the club in many positions, including in attack. Ajax winger Antony was set as the main target and club officials spoke to the player’s representatives a few weeks ago.

But with United yet to contract De Jong, Premier League team-mate Chelsea stepped in and tries to take over the deal for the Brazil international.

According to 90min, Chelsea is one of those who have recently held talks with the winger’s entourage.

The Blues, under new ownership, gave Thomas Tuchel a hefty budget to spend on players. The London club is looking to add reinforcements to the attack, with Barcelona-based Ousmane Dembele and Man City star Raheem Sterling among their targets.

Antoni wants a new challenge

Ten Hag is a big admirer of the former Sao Paulo striker who bought him in February 2020 from Brazil for Β£ 13m. The Brazilian shone during his stay at the Eredivisie, winning further league titles as well as the Dutch Cup.

Last season, he was one of the standout players, scoring 12 goals and assisting another 10 in 32 games. It was so instrumental that Ten Hag said Ajax didn’t have a replacement for a skilled winger.

Ajax imposed a heavy price on the 22-year-old to fend off potential suitors. They are aware of the increased interest in their star asset and are said to be asking for around Β£ 68m.

In many reports it was stated that the player himself asked the club to let him go because he wanted a new challenge. At the time of Ten The Hague’s departure for Manchester, Antony said he was willing to help his manager should he pick up the phone in the future, suggesting future collaboration.

More fuel was added to the fire at the start of Ajax’s pre-season training camp as Antony was absent despite not being involved with the national team.

It is still unclear if the Brazilian will try to move to the Premier League.

Fans at United are desperate to see Antony given the lack of firepower up front. But if United continues to focus on just one deal at a time, The Blues might just jump in and steal it right under United’s nose. This will not satisfy the fans at all, as they are already desperate for transfers.

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