Ajax winger Antony has emerged as a target for a number of Premier League top clubs, a player determined to move to England.
The Brazilian left-winger has emerged as a key player for his team for the past 18 months and has been a regular international player since being called up for the first time in October last year.
Antony has joined Ajax from Sao Paulo in 2020 in an £ 18m deal and has made a significant contribution to the Dutch giants, including 39 goals in 71 games so far.
A left-winger, Antony loves the right performance and has never had a negative impact. Even in the Eredivisie, he has once again caught the eye of the Champions League this season – beating twice and giving up four assistants in just five games as Godenzonen achieved a 100% record in the group stage.
Liverpool have been watching the Brazilian international since his time in Sao Paulo, 90min understandably, keeping his interest as the club scouts were very impressed with their European settlement and subsequent progress.
Having two of the world’s top players in the position of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah did not stop the Reds from exploring other options. Both of their current stars are in their 30s this year and both have only 18 months left on their contracts, with Anfield management starting to think about the future.
That is evidenced by the abduction of Luis Diaz of Porto in January – a winger who is usually sent on the opposite side of Antony. Liverpool have moved Diaz ahead of expectations for Tottenham’s Colombian pursuit, and the same thing could happen to Antony, who is attracting more attention than any other South American.
90min has been told Chelsea are also looking for a player, and Manchester United’s interest will grow as a result of questions about Mason Greenwood’s future following his recent arrest.
Antony is a Manchester City player who has long been praised, and as they decide on the long-term future of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus could be a goal.
Clubs throughout Italy and Spain are also interested, but it is believed that representatives of the players have indicated that Antony’s ambition is to play in the Premier League.
Speaking in December, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag admitted it would be difficult to keep Antony this season.
“From a sporting point of view, it is clear that he is an amazing talent,” Ten Hag told Good Morning Oranje.
“He is going through an amazing development. Especially if we are doing well in the Champions League, it is clear that he will stand out and attract more clubs.”