Liverpool have reportedly made a concrete approach to sign Ajax forward, Antony, who is valued at €61million (£52m), UOL reports.
On the surface, Jurgen Klopp’s squad needs very little improvement – especially in attack.
Any squad that comes close to competing for a quadruple must be doing something right.
The arrival of Luis Diaz in the summer was a game-changer. He brought fresh ideas, unreal pace and provided an extra option for when the squad needed to be rotated.
Remarkably, Liverpool signed him for just £37million although that fee could (and probably will) rise to £50million due to performance-related add-ons.
He could end his first season with a quadruple or failing that a cup treble. Worst case scenario, he will have to make do with just two cups and a league medal for his contributions to Porto’s league triumph.
Regardless, it’s safe to say he will be regarded as a bargain by the time he is due for a new contract in a few years’ time but could Liverpool repeat their trick with a sensational move for Ajax star Antony?
I can’t see why not.
Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte reports that the Reds have already made a “concrete approach” to sign the 22-year-old this summer.
It may seem as though the Reds have too many attackers to consider signing another mercurial talent but it’s not exactly as it seems.
Divock Origi is set to join AC Milan this summer and needs replacing although Antony is not necessarily a like for like alternative.
And with no reports of a new contract for Roberto Firmino being lined up, he could leave this summer as well although it’s my guess that he will remain at the club until his contract expires at the end of next season which would see his time on Merseyside end after 8 years.
He will undoubtedly leave the club as a legend and should be allowed to leave on his terms given the success he helped bring to the Anfield trophy case.
When he does leave, it would be fitting to replace him with one of Brazil’s most exciting talents and given his style of play and position, he would be able to learn exactly how to master the right-wing as Mohamed Salah has done since joining the club in 2017.
The Ajax winger is blessed with a delightful left foot but much like Luis Diaz, it’s his dribbling and confidence that I’m most attracted to.