Liverpool have added Ajax forward Antony to their list of attacking targets as he continues his rapid rise, according to a report.
The Brazilian starlet has made a bright start to life in Europe since joining Ajax in 2020. He has already scored four goals and added two assists in his first seven games in the Eredivisie.
Antony effectively replaced Hakim Ziyech at the Amsterdam club after the Moroccan joined Chelsea this summer. He is already stepping up to the task.
Ajax has proven to be something of a stepping stone for promising players in recent years, and it appears Antony could be the next player to follow that path.
According to Don Balon, Liverpool are keeping a watchful eye on Antony’s development. They reportedly believe the youngster could become a long-term successor to Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah.
Antony is capable of playing on either wing, so could provide cover for both players. And with Virgil van Dijk’s injury showing Liverpool the importance of depth, Jurgen Klopp could be looking for additional reinforcements up front.
The report claims Liverpool could even act in January to sign Antony. However, Ajax are looking to double their investment on the 20-year-old, and so will ask for at least €30m.
Don Balon claim Liverpool could insert a player into any potential deal as a counterpart, but do not specify who could move in that direction.
Antony has already received 14 caps for the Brazil under-23 national team, scoring six goals for them. He remains under contract with Ajax until 2025, but could leave before then if he continues his progress.
Ajax defender also on shortlist
Antony is not the only player Liverpool are reportedly considering taking from Ajax.
Sunday’s papers suggested that the Reds are also interested in defender Perr Schuurs after coming up against him in the Champions League recently.
Antony was not involved in that game, but Schurrs started in the heart of defence. With Liverpool needing cover for fellow Dutchman van Dijk at the back, they could reignite their interest in the 20-year-old – who they took on trial when he was 17.