Reports suggest Manchester United transfer target Antony has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford – easing fears that Tottenham could hijack the deal.
The Brazilian is believed to be one of the names of priority for Erik ten Hag this summer in his quest for new recruits at Old Trafford, as he looks to kickstart the new era in style.
He enjoyed a unique bond with the 22-year-old during his time with Ajax following the arrival of Antony from Sao Paulo in 2020.
The nimble forward soon became integral to Ten Hag’s system and Ajax’s success, as the pair fired the Dutch giants to the Eredivisie title last season.
Now United are looking to reunite Antony with Ten Hag in the Premier League after holding informal talks over a move.
It’s understood United chiefs flew to Amsterdam earlier this week to work on the signing of the Brazil international.
According to Goal, Antony has his heart set on joining United in a major boost for Ten Hag.
In the past 12 months, there has been plenty of interest from England in Antony with Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea among those linked to the attacker.
But it appears he is determined to link up with his former manager again – despite fresh interest from Tottenham.
The Independent recently claimed Spurs would be willing to offer a Steven Bergwijn plus cash for Antony, as part of a plot to hijack United’s deal for the winger.
Ajax have made Bergwijn their top target after seeing their opening £17m offer rejected by Tottenham.
Including the Holland international in a deal for Antony would therefore make perfect sense, although Tottenham are now seemingly focused on landing other targets.
They are set to bid for Leeds winger Raphinha, who was the subject of an opening offer from Arsenal on Tuesday.
Leeds rejected the proposal but Arsenal’s north London rivals are now looking to make their move.
Everton forward Richarlison is another name on the agenda for Spurs, who have made a lightening start to the summer transfer window.
Ajax are expected to demand upwards of £50m for Antony, while United are believed to be willing to offer £40m.
Earlier this season, he already outlined his desire to test himself in the Premier League or La Liga, opening the door to a summer switch.
“Ajax is the place where I feel happy. But of course, I do think about a move in the future sometimes,” he told De Telegraaf.
“Premier League and La Liga are the leagues I find beautiful. When the time is right, I hope to play there.”