Chelsea scout Piet de Visser has revealed the Blues tried to sign Antony in the summer but failed to close the deal.
The Brazilian striker is now in English football, having joined Manchester United for around €100million during the summer transfer window, but he’s been listed on Premier League recruitment radars for some time. time.
“I would have liked it but we couldn’t have it”
De Visser, who helped bring South American stars such as world champion Ronaldo to Europe, noticed Antony’s potential when he was in Sao Paulo but saw him use Ajax in the Netherlands. -Low as a stepping stone to Old Trafford.
De Visser told Voetbal Nieuws that Chelsea failed to land Antony in 2020: “With Hans van der Zee [ancien chef scout de l’Ajax]we saw him for the first time in the ranks of young Brazilians and we were both charmed by him.
“It was a few years ago, just before he left for Ajax. I thought he had to take an intermediate step and Hans then suggested Ajax. And then we would have taken him straight to Ajax.
“We couldn’t have him, I would have liked to. He’s a boy who has poison in his feet. He sometimes crosses the line, but he comes from the favela, doesn’t he?”
The explosion at Manchester United?
Antony spent two productive years in Amsterdam, registering 25 goals in 82 appearances as Ajax won back-to-back Eredivisie titles.
He has already made an impact in England, scoring his first goal against Arsenal, and is one of those keeping Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United winger, who became the 100th Brazilian to play in the Premier League, is the country’s youngest player to score on his debut in the competition.
United are delighted to have the 22-year-old on board as he is a player Erik ten Hag knows well, while Chelsea have been busy bolstering their attacking ranks with alternative options such as Raheem Sterling and Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang.
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