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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd make big first Antony bid as transfer reality hits Ten Hag; Serie A side have Aston Villa raid plan

Antony, Ajax v Shakhtar Donetsk July 2022

Manchester United make their first bid for Ajax star Antony, while AC Milan have a plan to lure Carney Chukwuemeka out of Aston Villa – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD MAKE ANTONY BID

Manchester United have moved in with an official bid for Antony, but Ajax have rejected their advances according to a report.

Like with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, the Red Devils have been chasing the Brazilian for some time now without success. But while De Jong’s situation is riddled with financial complications, Antony’s situation is much simpler.

Ajax have already sold a host of stars this summer, including Lisandro Martinez to Man Utd and Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich.

As a result, they set an initial £68million price tag for Antony. But more recent reports have claimed that the Eredivisie side raised their valuation to £84million.

Therefore, United’s first offer of €60million (£50million) – as reported by Goal – does not come very close to Ajax’s demands.

It remains unclear whether Man Utd will return with a bigger offer. Ajax welcome the profit they have made on their star players, but they also need to be able to compete in the Champions League and Eredivisie.

Nevertheless, every player has a price and while it is a steep one for Antony, Ajax cannot totally rule out his sale.

Ajax winger Antony pushing for Premier League move

Antony wants to leave Ajax this summer with a transfer to the Premier League to Chelsea or Manchester United most likely

Indeed, Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra said earlier this week that “you can never say never, I have learned that by now”.

United are also reportedly keen on Benjamin Sesko, the Slovenian RB Salzburg striker who scored his side’s winner in a pre-season win over Liverpool on Wednesday.

Antony, meanwhile, scored 10 goals and assisted 12 others for Ajax last season and has a strong connection with United manager Erik ten Hag.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

AC Milan have refused to pay Aston Villa’s £20million valuation for Carney Chukwuemeka. Still, with only one year left on his contract, Milan hope Villa will buckle and reduce the asking price. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma are confident of signing Man Utd defender Eric Bailly on a loan deal with an option to buy. However, the Serie A side’s focus for now is on outgoings. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma are also working on the final details of a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. (Sportitalia)

Former Reims striker Hugo Ekitike has revealed Newcastle were a transfer option but added that he couldn’t refuse PSG being a Frenchman. (Le10 Sport)

Sevilla are keen on PSG defender Thilo Kehrer as a replacement for Barca-bound centre-back Jules Kounde. (Marca)

TOTTENHAM RULE OUT MEMPHIS DEPAY

Tottenham bosses have ruled out a move for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, but Barca still fancy their chances of signing Sergio Reguilon from Spurs. (AS)

Tammy Abraham says he is in “no hurry” to get back to the Premier League following his excellent debut season at Roma after leaving Chelsea last summer. (Corriere dello Sport)

Newcastle have joined Leicester in eyeing a move for Strasbourg marksman Ludovic Ajorque. (But! Football Club)

Lazio are keen on signing Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri. What’s more, the Blues are open to a loan deal with an option to buy. (Il Messagero)

Real Madrid have emerged as a transfer contender for Chelsea striker Armando Broja. (AS)

EURO PAPER TALK – JOAN LAPORTA SLAMS JULIAN NAGELSMANN

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has accused Julian Nagelsmann of a “lack of recognition” for his club’s drive and ambition when the Bayern Munich boss questioned Barca’s spending. (Football Espana)

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski now fancies a move to the Hammers after their continued pursuit. The Serie A side consequently plan to go after Hellas Verona’s Antonin Barak as a replacement. (Alfredo Pedulla)

Manchester City have made Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo their first-choice left-back target following frustration over Brighton’s Marc Cucurella. (Sport)

Leeds United are also after a left-back and could go after PSV Eindhoven’s Philipp Max. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Ajax have joined Sassuolo and Bologna in the hunt for Pisa striker Lorenzo Lucca. (Sky Italy)