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According to reports, new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag plans to make Ajax attacker Antony one of his first acquisitions at Old Trafford.
The 52-year-old Dutchman is set to become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Fabrizio Romano, the transfer guru, recently gave the transaction his hallmark ‘here we go’ approval. He later clarified why official confirmation has yet to arrive.
Negotiations to bring Mitchell Van der Gaag, his current assistant at Ajax, to Manchester are still continuing.
Van der Gaag isn’t the only Ajax figure who could follow in Ten Hag’s footsteps, according to the Sun.
According to the Sun, Antony, a 22-year-old winger, will be one of Ten Hag’s first recruits to his new Man Utd side.
This season, the Brazil international has 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for Ajax. Antony is seen as an already-made’ addition by Ten Hag, who has no qualms about raiding a former team.
Some managers are adamant about not signing players from previous clubs. Ten Hag is known to target players he trusts, and Antony appears to meet that description.
According to the source, making a deal for Antony would also be rather simple. Ajax will not stand in the way of the player if a good offer of at least £50 million is made.
Ten Hag’s motivation for the proposed sale is based on his fears that Antony’s worth will soon increase.
He is expected to play a key role for Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Taking that tournament by storm may boost Ten Hag’s value, so he wants to gain a jump on the competition.
According to a source, Arsenal has moved into first place in the contest to sign Marco Asensio by default, after excessive demands forced their primary rivals to withdraw.
This summer, the Gunners will be on the hunt for midfield reinforcements. With both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to become free agents, they might follow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out the exit door.
As a result, the Gunners have been connected with a variety of center strikers around Europe. According to rumors from Italy and Spain, they are still in the running for wide attacker Marco Asensio.
The Real Madrid striker’s contract at the Bernabeu is set to expire in 2023. As a result, if an extension isn’t signed this summer, the Spaniards may be able to cash in.
Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked, with AC Milan also showing interest.
Real Madrid is poised to recall Brahim Diaz early from a two-year loan, therefore the Italian giants may be seeking a replacement. Later, SempreMilan claimed that development may provide AC an advantage over Asensio.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa is expected to persuade Barcelona to cut Coutinho’s asking price in half.
In January, the Brazilian joined Steven Gerrard’s team on loan. His dazzling early form has since waned a little, but there’s no denying he’s made an impression at Villa Park.
A £33 million option to buy was apparently included in the transaction that brought him back to England. Villa seemed to be on the verge of approving a transfer at one point.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa will now request that Barcelona reduce its asking price by half in order to make a transaction more feasible.
Villa is seen as a ‘hopeful’ team. Barcelona will cooperate with the Spaniards, who are keen to get rid of Coutinho’s astronomical salary once and for all.
If AC Milan formalized its interest in Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling following a potential takeover from Investcorp, Sterling would turn down the opportunity to transfer to Serie A.
This season, the 27-year-old has been a regular starter at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 14 goals and assisting seven times in 40 games.
The England international, whose contract with Pep Guardiola expires in 2023, has welcomed game time this season and is being considered for a move to the San Siro.
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