Will United take a punt on Antony?


The transfer window may be closed for several weeks but that won’t stop the gossip columns from linking key players to various clubs. The rumour mill is always turning as far as Manchester United are concerned and one of the more interesting suggestions links a young Brazilian striker with a switch to Old Trafford.

Dutch unit Ajax are known for their ability to develop the best young talent. The Premier League is seen as a step up in class for the Eredivisie so Dutch sides tend to struggle to hold on to their best players.

Antony is the individual in question this time and he’s been impressing a number of European scouts since arriving at the Johan Cruyff Arena in 2020.

Antony Assessed

Antony is a 21-year-old striker who made his debut for Sao Paulo in 2018. After two seasons in his native Brazil, Ajax spotted his potential and they secured his services on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £13 million.

Since then, the player has featured in 72 games and has scored 21 goals for his current employers. That may not be a stunning return but it’s one that is steadily improving. Antony is getting close to a striker’s coveted average of a goal every other match and that type of return is enough to alert some of the biggest teams across Europe.

United’s Targets

Having lost to Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United have to focus on the league. A fourth placed finish will see the Red Devils claim the final Champions League slot and that should be enough to placate fans ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Of course, the team are still fighting in Europe but will face a stiff challenge as they go deeper into the competition.

Moving forward, United will want to be challenging for the league title but they are given little hope among the neutral pundits. Leading football bookmakers as sourced by Sbo.net are likely to put Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as favourites to lift that trophy next season.

Exact figures will be confirmed almost as soon as the current campaign comes to an end and visitors to the sbo.net site can take their time to assess all of the Premier League markets. While taking a look at the figures, readers can also keep up to date with the footballing world via news and opinion articles that will appear here.

It’s also perfectly possible to get directly involved with the Premier League markets. The bookmakers that are mentioned on the website are all set up to take on new customers and it will be possible to find a number of generous welcome packages.

As the account progresses, there could be options to get involved with additional promos while a choice of funding, efficient customer service and the possibility of betting via a mobile app are also on the table.

The site should be of use for all those following the markets but, if Manchester United are to stand any chance of landing major silverware next season, they may need to invest heavily in the summer transfer window.

Are there Better Alternatives?

It’s difficult to see Antony as the finished product and Manchester United would prefer to take on a striker who is ready to perform, as opposed to one that is still continuing his education.

United’s owners could turn their attention to Serie A where Nigerian international Victor Osimhen has been impressing for Napoli. The Naples based club are mounting a surprise challenge for the league title and Osimhen’s 11 goals in 20 matches have been a contributory factor.

Elsewhere, there are isolated rumours that Manchester United will make enquiries for either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland in the summer. These players are in a different league entirely as finished articles who would bring instant rewards.

There would, however, be stiff competition from the biggest clubs around Europe and there are no guarantees that either Kane or Haaland would become available.

Rumours will persist and, while this is one of the more interesting transfer stories at the moment, there are mixed feelings as to whether Antony is a good fit for Old Trafford.

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