Chelsea could hijack Man Utd move for £50m top target after ‘talks with player’s agent’

Date published: Thursday 23rd June 2022 8:44 - Will Ford

Reported Paris Saint-Germain target Antony celebrates a win

Chelsea could hijack Manchester United’s move for Antony having held talks with the Ajax winger’s representatives.

Antony has contributed 17 goals and 12 assists in his first two seasons in the Eredivisie following his £18m move from Sao Paulo.

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His performances have attracted a number of clubs around Europe, but Manchester United have been most heavily linked with the 22-year-old.

The Brazilian thrived under new United boss Erik ten Hag at Ajax and the Dutchman is keen to have the forward to call on at Old Trafford next season.

A report on Thursday claimed United CEO Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough have agreed their top three targets for the summer transfer window, with Antony among them.

The report adds:

‘The pair are in agreement over this summer’s targets, with Frenkie de Jong seen as pivotal to the new manager’s system and Christian Eriksen a no-brainer, given his status as a free agent.

‘They also believe Ajax winger Antony will add another dimension up front.

‘Much of the groundwork has been laid for their business and incomings are now expected imminently.’

But Chelsea could throw a spanner in the works, according to 90min.

They claim the Blues chiefs met with Antony’s agents while they were in the UK recently, and are ‘monitoring the Brazilian’s situation since in their ongoing search for attacking reinforcements’.

Ousmane Dembele remains a target for Thomas Tuchel, but the club are waiting on fresh talks between the Frenchman and Barcelona boss Xavi, who wants to retain him at Nou Camp.

And initial talks are said to have been held with the representatives of Raheem Sterling, who is thought to be interested in a move to Stamford Bridge as Manchester City look to move him on this summer.

And David Ornstein claims they’re also among the clubs interested in Leeds winger Raphinha, with Tuchel interested in playing him at wing-back.

Ornstein said: “Chelsea present Champions League football but they’re still getting their recruitment plans together. They also, as I understand it, would quite like to play him as a wing-back; I’m not sure if he [Raphinha] would want that.”

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