Liverpool have entered the fray to sign Ajax superstar Antony, who remains a top target for Newcastle United and Manchester United.
As per reports from Fichajes, Antony is seemingly becoming one of the most-sought after attacking prospects in Europe. He has become a target for almost every top European club, including Manchester United while the recently-minted Newcastle United are involved in the equation as well.
The aforementioned report indicates Liverpool have joined the race, too, as they look to prize Antony away from Ajax at the end of the season. It appears the Brazilian has been identified as a top target for Jurgen Klopp as he looks to find long-term replacements for the current stars including Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Mane has recently become a transfer target for Bayern Munich, who are bracing themselves for the exit of Robert Lewandowski. It has prompted Klopp to enter the market for a new winger, with Antony proving to be an ideal option given his rapid rise to prominence at Ajax in recent years.
Liverpool have already enjoyed immense success with the January signing of Luis Diaz. The Colombian international has instantly become a hit at Anfield, showcasing dynamism, pace and trickery in the final third. The Reds are aiming for a similar level of success with the signing of Antony, who has netted 22 goals and assisted 20 goals in 79 matches for Ajax.
Liverpool, though, face stiff competition from Newcastle United and Manchester United in the pursuit of the 22-year-old Brazilian. The Magpies are prepared to flex their financial muscle in the summer transfer window, with coach Eddie Howe firmly looking to upgrade his options in the attacking department.
Newcastle United have been in contention to sign Leeds United forward Raphinha, but signing his compatriot from Ajax could be a much easier task, especially if the Whites maintain their Premier League status come the end of the season.
Nevertheless, it is Manchester United who are likely the frontrunners in the race to sign Antony. The explosive forward has an excellent relationship with Erik ten Hag, who is set to become the United coach next season. The Dutchman would certainly welcome a reunion at Old Trafford as he looks to add more quality to the attack amid Marcus Rashford’s struggles.
Ajax, though, have no intention to let their prized attacker go cheaply and are expected to hold out for a hefty figure of £50 million. It would make Antony one of the club’s most expensive sales, alongside the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.