Spurs are hoping to beat Manchester United to the Ajax winger’s signature
Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax have been in contact for months over a possible move of attacker Steven Bergwijn, and while the Dutch champions have been dragging their feet on the price, working out a deal for another player is one way to persuade them to talk. Antony is the guy in question, and the Independent’s Miguel Delaney reports that Spurs are quite interested in him. Delaney mentions it briefly as he discusses how Manchester United is still having the same troubles with the transfer market as they had in previous seasons:
The fact that United would never spend more than £60 million was a concern, as the majority of the budget was set aside for Frenkie de Jong. It indicates that, unless there are substantial sales, the remaining purchases will most likely be for younger players like Antony of Ajax. They will face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, who are willing to provide Steven Bergwijn of the Dutch club as a replacement. Christian Eriksen has also been linked to both clubs. United is now downplaying its interest, although contact has been made.
Delaney is suggesting that Paratici is willing to give up Stevie in exchange for money and Antony. The 22-year-old Brazilian international can play on either wing, but prefers to play on the right.
There’s not much else to go on here, including how much Spurs would offer, but Antony is valued at around €50 million (£42.8 million) by Ajax, so reading between the lines, Paratici is likely proposing Stevie plus around £15 million to £20 million, give or take. It’s crucial to note that the price is sheer speculation on my part because no formal bid has been announced, although Delaney is a good source of information in general. Is it a thing if he says it is? There’s a term for that.
We all know Steven Bergwijn wants to leave, and Spurs want to get him a good deal. It would be a huge deal to replace him with an exciting winger like Antony.