The news that the Dutch gaints consider Francisco Conceicao to be a long-term replacement for the winger has increased Manchester United’s chances of landing Antony.
One of the key members of the Dutch champions have already been taken by the Red Devils, under the direction of former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
In recent days, defender Lisandro Martinez joined his former manager at Old Trafford, but the 20-time league champions are also keeping an eye on winger Antony.
After Gerry Hamstra said that the Dutch powerhouses see Francisco Conceicao as the desired forward’s long-term replacement, Manchester United have a new hope of luring Antony away from Ajax.
The Brazilian forward’s counterpart, Francisco Conceicao, who plays for Porto, will be fully acquired by the Dutch giants.
Erik ten Hag is a huge Antony fan and is excited to reunite with the talented player at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old scored 22 goals while making 32 appearances for Ajax last season, and he is sold on the concept of a high-paying transfer to the Premier League.
Ajax are rumored to be holding out for a fee of approximately €80 million (£68 million) for their prized attacking asset.
Despite earlier this month’s claims that United had made an initial offer of €60 million (£51 million) for the winger.
United are still trying to bring Antony to Manchester this summer despite not being able to come to an agreement on terms.
However, the Old Trafford administration will now be encouraged by Hamstra’s most recent remarks regarding Conceicao.
The 19-year-old forward from Porto is about to transfer to Amsterdam, and Hamstra has stated that he is seen as Antony’s long-term replacement.
Het Parool quoted the technical manager of Ajax as saying: “On the one hand, you want to have guys who can be used right away if you lose Champions League-caliber players.
But at Ajax, we also have the long term in mind. Many things affect how quickly that occurs.
I can see that going a little more quickly with a Portuguese or European person than with a boy from South America.
Antony is another instance of including the successor—in this case, Conceicao—in the decision-making process. We now wish to maintain the unity of this group.
I’m assuming that no one leaves this core anymore. Of course, you can never say never; I’ve grown to realize that.”
Reassessing a move for Antony would make sense given that Manchester United are anticipated to seek forward reinforcements in the upcoming weeks.
This comes following the revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club this summer.
United will be hoping to make another transfer breakthrough with Ten Hag’s previous club after finally reaching an agreement on a deal for Lisandro Martinez last week.
After weeks of negotiations with the Old Trafford leadership, Ajax gave up on trying to keep the much sought-after defender and agreed to a deal of £55.3 million.
Antony participated in 33 games for the Dutch powerhouses last season, recording 12 goals and 10 assists before missing the final three months of the year due to injury.
Additionally, he participated in nine matches for the Brazilian national team during the World Cup qualifiers for South America and scored twice.