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Chelsea have spoken to the representatives of Ajax winger Antony as they give the impression of being to beat Manchester United to the 22-year-old’s signature before the beginning of next season, in response to reports. Antony is alleged to have emerged as a goal for the Red Devils over the previous few weeks, with Erik ten Hag believed to be keen on bringing him to Old Trafford as a part of the club’s expected summer rebuild.

The United boss managed to extract the perfect from Antony during his time answerable for Ajax and is alleged to have earmarked his former player as a priority addition, but it surely seems as if Chelsea may very well be gearing as much as enter the race for his services within the not-too-distant future. The Blues recently held talks with Antony’s representatives to be able to gauge his interest in a possible move to Stamford Bridge, in response to 90min.

It’s claimed that Chelsea chiefs met up with Antony’s agents while they were visiting the UK to carry preliminary discussions, although United were also said to have taken an identical plan of action some weeks ago. The player is considered keen on leaving Ajax in quest of a fresh challenge after recently informing the Dutch giants of his desire to seek out a recent club in some unspecified time in the future over the following few weeks.

Chelsea have been monitoring Antony’s situation for quite a few months of their efforts to source attacking reinforcements prematurely of the brand new campaign. The Blues are said to produce other irons in the hearth, though, with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Barcelona contract rebel Ousmane Dembele also under the microscope in west London.

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The latter is currently in talks over a recent deal on the Nou Camp but an agreement is yet to be reached between the 2 parties, with Chelsea still keeping an in depth eye on the situation. Sterling, meanwhile, has already been sounded out by the two-time European champions and is believed to be weighing up his options available in the market ahead of next season.

It stays to be seen whether Chelsea will have the option to snap up Antony from under the noses of United in the event that they resolve to firm up their interest within the Brazilian winger over the approaching weeks. Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan recently suggested that Antony could struggle to adapt to the trials and tribulations of English football, though, by highlighting the difference in quality between the Premier League and the Eredivisie.

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“There aren’t many sides within the Dutch league who’re competitive with the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, it’s an enormous step to the Premier League,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Even Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez can be feeling the difference once they come to begin the season. It’s a far more competitive and physical league with superstars in every single place.

“For somebody coming from the Dutch league, I feel he’ll feel the pressure immediately, he’ll see what it’s all about in a short time.”

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