LUCAS LEIVA: LIVERPOOL SHOULD SIGN THIS PLAYER AHEAD OF UNITED
According to Football Insider, Liverpool are exploring a summer move for Manchester Antony. The Reds have been in touch with Ajax over a prospective move for the Brazilian winger, who is valued at £59 million by the Dutch champions and is a target for Manchester United. Liverpool have completed three signings this summer, with Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay, and Fabio Carvalho arriving at Anfield. The Reds appeared to have completed their frontline following the record-breaking signing of Nunez. But going by their links with Marco Asensio this summer, it is safe to say Liverpool are still on the lookout for more attacking reinforcements, especially in wide-areas following Mane’s exit.
Liverpool have now turned their attention towards hijacking Manchester United’s move for tricky Brazilian winger Antony. The 22-year-old has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s most skilful and productive wide-attackers thanks to his flashy skills.
The Brazilian international joined Ajax from Sao Paulo in 2020 for a fee of around £14 million and has since gone on to make 79 appearances for the Dutch club, yielding 22 goals and 20 assists in the process. Antony also produced a string of stellar displays in the UEFA Champions League last term and is a regular in Tite’s Seleção setup as well.
Despite having three years left on his contract with Ajax, Antony could leave the Dutch giants in the summer transfer window, since he is one of the most sought-after players on the market. The Dutch giants value Antony at around £59 million, a fee Liverpool are said to not be willing to pay for the player, even though he features high on their list of attacking targets.
Manchester United are also in a similar situation. They are also hesitant to pay the asking price for the 22-year-old, who has been heavily tipped for a reunion with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford since the start of the window. But a move has stalled in recent weeks. Firmer Reds player Lucas Leiva has urged his former side to steal a march on the Red Devils and seal the transfer quickly.