Ajax forward Antony could reportedly take Cristiano Ronaldo’s number 7 shirt if the Portuguese leaves Manchester United this summer.
According to BBC Sport, the forward wants the Red Devils to let him leave this summer if an appropriate offer comes in for him. He doesn’t want to play Europa League football and is also bothered by the club’s lack of signings so far this summer. The 37-year-old striker, who still has a year left on his current deal, believes there are more attractive options out there for him.
This comes following an incredibly disappointing season for United in his first season back at the club in 12 years.
Ronaldo’s departure would vacate the historic number 7 shirt. It has also been worn by Manchester United icons such as George Best, David Beckham and Eric Cantona.
As per The Mirror, Ajax winger Antony is a target for United, having formed an excellent relationship with Erik ten Hag during his time at the Eredivise giants.
The 22-year-old Brazil international scored 12 times and provided 10 assists in his 31 appearances across the previous campaign. He is used predominately as a right-winger, which is an area of the pitch the Red Devils need to improve on.
The report also claims that the 20-time English champions were originally put off by the £70 million price tag for Antony. However, their interest may have been reignited by their talisman’s desire to leave the Theater of Dreams.