Brazil legend Rivaldo has suggested that Antony should leave Ajax this summer to join Manchester United and says he is ‘confident’ his compatriot would thrive at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag is keen to bring his former Ajax player to Manchester, with United considering a £60m move for the winger.
Antony was a key player in the Ajax side that won the Dutch title last season under Ten Hag and is said to be open to a reunion with the 52-year-old manager at United.
‘Another player that is heavily under the Premier League’s radar is Ajax’s Antony, who enjoyed a fantastic 2021-22 season and I’m sure he attracted the attention of bigger clubs,’ Rivaldo told Betfair.
‘At the moment, Manchester United – who have his former manager Erik ten Hag – seems to be the closest club to signing him and I’m confident we’ll all enjoy watching him play at Old Trafford.
‘Just like [Leeds United winger] Raphinha, he might benefit from playing at a bigger club to get closer to being a regular at the World Cup, though I also think his place in the squad is safe since Tite has been calling him up lately and has confidence in his qualities.’
On Friday, Ten Hag’s replacement at Ajax – Alfred Schreuder – took a swipe at Manchester United’s manager for trying to sign his players.
He said: ‘Erik knows that he should not buy players from Ajax. I’m kidding. You never know in football.
‘But it is not important to me to talk about Erik or United. We have to talk about Ajax and we know that we are a very big and strong club.’
Ajax boss Schreuder also insisted that he is desperate for Antony to remain at the club despite the interest from Premier League giants United.
Schreuder added: ‘Clearly we want to keep that boy. He has a contract until 2025.
‘But I’m not about that. I’m about the line-up. And I really want to work with him, he knows that and the club knows that too.’
Meanwhile, Manchester United are making progress on a deal to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, with reports suggesting they could complete the signing as soon as next week.
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