Liverpool and Barcelona are set to do battle for Ajax forward Antony this summer.
That’s according to UOL Sport, who claim that The Reds are one of three clubs to have made a ‘concrete approach’ for the 22-year-old. Newcastle United and Manchester United have also reportedly made their interest known to the player.
Barcelona are another club sniffing around Antony. Barca are claimed to have ‘probed’ for the Brazil international in April.
However, Antony would reportedly prefer a move to the Premier League, and to Liverpool or United specifically.
Ajax are said to be looking for a fee between £42m and £52m for Antony, who Jurgen Klopp has reportedly tracked since 2019.
Plenty of reasons to sign Antony
Antony is a player who would make a lot of sense for Liverpool to go after. He is young, already an established international, and comfortable operating as a forward in a 4-3-3 system.
The fee being quoted is also in the kind of price-range that Liverpool tend to do their shopping.
As a left-footer, Antony could provide top-level competition for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian’s long-term future may or may not be at Liverpool, but at twenty-two, Antony is young enough to be a successor to Mo.
At the £45m mark there wouldn’t be such pressure to play him straight away. Antony could be eased into the squad a la Diogo Jota.
Erik ten Hag’s appointment at United has probably given the Manchester club a big advantage over Liverpool and Barcelona. But on the flipside, who wouldn’t want to work with Jurgen Klopp?
In Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, Antony has international teammates at the club who could help him settle in.
Perhaps Liverpool will decide they don’t need to add another forward to their ranks this summer. Salah’s contract situation is likely to be a big determining factor in that.
Judging from the amount of football Salah in particular has played this season though, Liverpool should sign a back-up with starter potential either way. Antony certainly has the quality and profile to be that player.