If reports in Portugal (press image provided below) are anything to go by then Antony is close to leaving Ajax for Manchester United in a deal worth £67.5m.
As per today’s version of O Jogo, the Dutch champions are already preparing for the imminent departure of Antony by targeting the signing of Porto starlet, Francisco Conceicao.
The Portuguese outlet have cited reports in the Netherlands and claimed that the Brazilian international is close to joining Man United for an astronomical sum.
On the other hand, Ajax want to activate the 5 million euros release clause to sign Francisco, who is the son of manager Sergio Conceicao, to strengthen their offense.
As per Corrieo da Manha, the Eredivise giants see the 19-year-old as the ideal player to replace Antony, who should head to Old Trafford for a fee of around 80 million euros (£67.5m).
The 22-year-old Samba winger directly contributed in 22 goals (all competitions) in the last campaign under the management of Erik ten Hag.
Francisco made 25 appearances in Porto’s title-winning campaign (2 goals and 2 assists) but only started once in the league. The Dragons want to extend his contract and include a clause of 50 million euros.
For now, it is not known whether the teenage sensation is willing to leave his father’s side and move to Ajax.
Ten Hag has recently made it clear that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale but the transfer saga is not going to end anytime soon. The legendary forward is the leading goalscorer in the history of the Champions League and wants to play in the competition next season.
Even if he does end up staying, I think Man United must press to add Antony, whose signing should not be dependent on Ronaldo’s future.
CR7 mainly plays in the CF role, on the other hand, the South American attacker is naturally a winger. If Ronaldo leaves, then Ten Hag should sign an out-and-out center forward to replace him. What do you think?