MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly been dealt a transfer blow as Chelsea will feature them against Ajax star Antony.
According to 90Min, who are reporting that the Blues met with the winger’s representatives when they were in the UK recently.
The west Londoners are “monitoring” the Brazil international’s situation as manager Thomas Tuchel looks for attacking reinforcements during the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old has blossomed under Erik ten Hag at Ajax since arriving from Sao Paulo in 2020 as he has since recorded 22 goals and 20 assists in 78 games.
United manager Ten Hag is keen to reunite with the Brazilian in a bid to put his new club back in the Premier League cover picture.
According to Football 365, Red Devils CEO Richard Arnold and Football Director John Murtough included Antony in their “Top 3” summer destinations.
The versatile striker is on the list alongside Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen, who will become a free agent on June 30 after his six-month deal with Brentford expires.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are also considering other attacking options, such as Ousmane Dembele, whose contract with Barcelona expires at the end of this month.
The Blues have also reportedly met with Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s agents, with the player appearing keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
The West Londoners have also been linked with Leeds ace Raphinha and Tuchel is reportedly looking to use him at full-back next season.
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Antony shone for Ajax last season as he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 32 games across all competitions.
The Brazilian helped the Amsterdam giants win the Eredivisie title and reached the final of the Dutch Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5630521/chelsea-manchester-united-antony-thomas-tuchel-ajax/ Chelsea join Man Utd in Antony transfer race as Thomas Tuchel tries to steal Ajax winger from Erik ten Hag