Chelsea could join race for £70m Brazilian at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea could look to get “involved” in the race for Ajax winger Antony, says transfer insider Dean Jones.

The 22-year-old has been linked to a couple of their Premier League rivals, and Jones thinks they could be ready to enter the fray.

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What is the latest news involving Antony?

According to 90min, Chelsea are considering Antony and also looked at Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry before he signed a new contract at the Allianz Arena.

It comes after the west London club missed out on Raphinha, who decided to join Barcelona instead of staying in England.

As well as Chelsea, Manchester United are also thought to be interested in Antony, though a report from the Daily Mirror suggests the Red Devils have baulked at Ajax’s £70m valuation of the player.

Tottenham have been linked, too, but you would imagine that Antony is not a priority for them right now after signing his Brazil team-mate Richarlison.

What has Jones said about Antony and Chelsea?

Jones thinks there is substance behind the Antony to Chelsea rumour and is refusing to rule out the Blues making a move.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “I think there is something in the rumour about Chelsea sniffing around Antony. They know he is looking for a move, so they might look to get involved.

“It’s slightly similar to the [Cristiano] Ronaldo situation. Basically, they need an elite attacker and there are not many that are actually looking for transfers.”

Should Chelsea sign Antony?

Chelsea have just bought Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for £50m, so there is not really a pressing need to bring in Antony.

It seems that they are still looking at more attackers, but manager Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that strengthening his forward line is no longer a priority following Sterling’s arrival.

“I would not rule it out [signing another striker] but right now it is not the priority,” the German recently told Sky Sports. “The priority right now is defence, it’s not a secret. From there we need to see what’s possible.”

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The purchase of Sterling does not necessarily mean Chelsea should completely close the door on signing another forward.

Antony, however, who scored just eight goals in 23 Eredivisie appearances last season, probably does not represent an upgrade on most of the options Chelsea already have out wide. Therefore, it is a transfer that does not look worth pursuing, especially if it is going to cost £70m to complete.

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