Antony: I Lived In The Favela 20 Yards Away From Drug Dealers

Manchester United summer signing Antony has discussed about his rough upbringing in Brazil.

The talented winger made his Old Trafford move from Ajax in exchange for 100 million euros and it took him just 35 minutes to find the back of the net in his debut against Arsenal.

Antony joined Sao Paulo’s youth academy at the age of just 10 years old back in 2010 and, after a decade, he signed for the Eredivisie champions.


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“I was just a humble little boy from a favela.”

“I didn’t have boots to play football. I didn’t have a bedroom, I slept on the sofa.

“I lived in the very middle of the favela. Twenty yards from my house there were drug dealers.

“Sometimes you would be watching a game on a Sunday and there would be that smell, a smell of cannabis coming into the house.

“There were moments when my brother, my sister and I would cry and hug each other thinking about our lives.

“There were times in the middle of the night, we were bailing water out of our flooded house, but we’d still do it with a smile on our faces.”

Antony on his first goal for Man Utd

“When I saw the net bulge and the fans on their feet cheering, it was very emotional.”

“I had goosebumps. That goal was for my family and the fans.”

Manchester  United Verbally Agree €100m Deal For Ajax Winger Antony

Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement worth €100m (£84m) with Ajax for the transfer of Antony.

The Red Devils have been eager to reunite Erik ten Hag with the 22-year-old all summer long, but have been unable to thrash out a deal with the Eredivisie giants.

Ajax have rejected three bids from United, the latest of which was worth around €90m,

but a breakthrough has been made in talks between the two clubs – with Antony now closing in on the move to Old Trafford that he has been desperate to make.


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Antony was left out of Ajax’s squad to face Utrecht on Sunday.

Manager Alfred Schreuder said in his pre-match interview that ‘nothing had changed’ in negotiations between the two clubs –

indicating that United hadn’t offered to pay the club-record fee the Amsterdam-based giants have been seeking.

But United haven’t given up on their pursuit of Antony – with Ten Hag clear that signing the Brazilian is his number one priority –

and sources have confirmed  that a verbal agreement has been reached with Ajax

although there are still a few details to sort out. United now have just under a week to finalise terms before the summer transfer window closes.

Antony’s arrival would be a huge boost to Manchester United.

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Bellingham, Antony, El Ghazi, Reguilon, Lodi, Dubravka

  • Ajax will approach Aston Villa in a bid to line-up Anwar El Ghazi, 27, as replacement for Antony if he leaves for Old Trafford. PSV Eindhoven are also interested in Villa’s Netherlands winger.
  • Ajax are demanding that Manchester United pay £84.8m for Brazil winger Antony, 22.


  • Liverpool are monitoring Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, along with RB Leipzig and Austria midfielder Konrad Laimer, 25.


  • Wolves are stepping up negotiations with Stuttgart over a £17m deal for Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic, 25.


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  • Brighton are interested in signing Rosario Central and Argentina youth international Facundo Buonanotte and are willing to pay in excess of £3m for the 17-year-old.


  • Bournemouth are planning to hijack Leeds United’s deal to sign Zurich and Italy striker Willy Gnonto, 18.


  • Liverpool have a verbal agreement with Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham with the 19-year-old potentially making a move to Anfield in January.


  • Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon, 25, is close to sealing a loan move to Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish club looking for a replacement after agreeing to let Brazil left-back Renan Lodi, 24, join Nottingham Forest.


  • Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 33, has told Newcastle that he wants to leave the club and join Manchester United.


  • West Ham are in talks with former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj about a return to the Premier League, with the 27-year-old Belgium international available on a free transfer after leaving Real Sociedad.


  • The Hammers are set to make a third bid for Club Bruges and Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken, 30.


  • Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United, is prioritising a move to La Liga this summer, with Valencia and Real Sociedad both keen on the 35-year-old.
  • Aston Villa have reached an agreement to sign Southampton and Poland centre-back Jan Bednarek, 26.


  • Villa are planning a swoop for West Ham’s Craig Dawson and will give the 32-year-old English centre-back a two-year deal.


  • Chelsea are deciding whether to terminate England midfielder Ross Barkley’s contract at Stamford Bridge, with the 28-year-old currently on a deal worth about £200,000 a week.

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Fofana, Ronaldo, Antony, Firmino, Aubameyang

  • Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Leicester City’s 21-year-old French centre-back Wesley Fofana, with the fee believed to be £70m.


  • Liverpool could offer Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 30, in exchange for Paris St-Germain and Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes, 28.


  • Chelsea’s pursuit of Barcelona and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stalled over personal terms with the 33-year-old wanting a two-year deal while the Blues are only prepared to offer a one-year contract.


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  • Chelsea are close to signing Russia midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, 19, from Dynamo Moscow.


  • Nottingham Forest have made an approach to Everton to sign England defender Michael Keane, 29, on loan.


  • West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta after the French club rejected their first two bids for the 24-year-old Brazil international.


  • Celta Vigo have submitted an offer for Blackburn Rovers’ Chile forward and Everton target Ben Brereton Diaz, 23.


  • Celtic and Denmark Under-21 midfielder Matt O’Riley, 21, is attracting attention from Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.


  • Leicester are considering a loan move for Borussia Dortmund and Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji, 27, as a replacement for Chelsea target Fofana.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s representative Jorge Mendes has approached Napoli over a potential move for the Manchester United and Portugal forward, 37.


  • Manchester United are weighing up whether to walk away from their protracted pursuit of Antony after Ajax rejected a third bid of £76m for the unsettled 22-year-old Brazil forward.

Friday's Transfer  Gossip: Silva, Asensio, Paqueta, Fofana, Vanaken, Antony, Gakpo

  • Manchester City have rejected a 70m euro (£59m) bid from Paris St-Germain for Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28.
  • Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid and Spain winger Marco Asensio, 26, for 30m euros


  • Liverpool’s pursuit of 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham could be helped by Borussia Dortmund’s interest in Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 27, who joined the Reds in 2018.


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  • Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 22, is on Jose Mourinho’s midfield shortlist at AS Roma as he looks to replace the injured Gini Wijnaldum.


  • Wolves have enquired about Galatasaray and Denmark centre-back Victor Nelsson, 23.


  • Bordeaux are interested in signing Fulham’s out-of-favour French winger Anthony Knockaert, 30.


  • Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says forward Che Adams, 26, is not for sale this summer.


  • Manchester City and England Under-21 midfielder Cole Palmer, 20, is wanted on a season-long loan by Borussia Dortmund.


  • West Ham have made a fresh bid for 24-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta after their opening offer of 50m eurowas rejected by Lyon.


  • Man United are set to submit a £25m offer for PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23.


  • The Old-Trafford club have made a failed bid for Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard, 26.


  • Eintracht Frankfurt and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 32, has rejected an offer from Manchester United.
  • Chelsea are preparing a new bid of around £75m for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, 21.


  • The Hammers have also had a £10m bid for Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken, 30, turned down by Club Bruges.


  • Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder says he is still confident winger Antony, 22, will not be sold to Manchester United despite the latest £76m bid.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip:  Antony, Isak, Fofana, Maguire, Paqueta, De Jong, Dubravka

  • Ajax are holding out for £84m for 22-year-old Brazil winger Antony, who is determined to push through a move to Manchester United. His representatives are staying in England to help get the deal done.
  • Antony handed in a transfer request on Wednesday in order to make his desire to leave official.


  • West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, in the closing weeks of the transfer window.


  • Newcastle United have made a club record £60m bid to sign Real Sociedad’s 22-year-old Sweden striker Alexander Isak.


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  • The Magpies could eventually pay in excess of £60m for Isak.


  • Liverpool have made an offer to Barcelona for 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.


  • Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 29, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Villarreal.


  • Chelsea’s 21-year-old England midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on loan.


  • RB Leipzig are interested in signing Chelsea’s English defender Trevoh Chalobah on loan, with Aston Villa, Inter Milan, Roma and Tottenham also keen on the 23-year-old.


  • Everton are in discussions with Manchester United over a move for 21-year-old English midfielder James Garner.


  • Everton have launched a formal move for Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz and are understood to be prepared to pay £12m for the 23-year-old Chile international.


  • Chelsea may move for Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire, 29, if they are unable to sign French centre-back Wesley Fofana, 21, from Leicester.


  • West Ham have had a 50m euro (£42.2m) bid for 24-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta rejected by Lyon.


  • Arsenal are not expected to move for Paqueta despite reports they were interested.
  • Ajax’s 20-year-old Dutch striker Brian Brobbey says he rejected the chance to join Manchester United after his former boss Erik ten Hag sent him a message.


  • Aston Villa have lowered their asking price for defender Frederic Guilbert as they look to sell the 27-year-old Frenchman.


  • Manchester United have held talks with Newcastle United over the signing of Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 33.


  • The clubs are yet to reach an agreement but Manchester United have submitted a loan offer for Dubravka.


  • Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has ruled out the possibility of Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28, leaving the club this summer.


  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says it is “true that Bernardo Silva really likes FC Barcelona”.


  • Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is attracting interest from Sampdoria but the 26-year-old England international would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
  • Southampton and Bournemouth are also discussing a possible deal for Maitland-Niles, with Arsenal potentially open to a loan move with an option to buy.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: De Jong, Antony, Gordon, Aubameyang, Trapp, Palmieri, Sarr, Pedro, Alonso

  • Manchester United are set to travel to Barcelona in an last effort to sign 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong before the transfer window closes.
  • Barcelona are looking at Celta Vigo’s Spanish left-back Javi Galan, 27, as an alternative to Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso because the Catalan club’s move for the 31-year-old Spain international is getting complicated.


  • Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Ajax forward Antony, 22, within the next week, after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Brazil international.


  • Tottenham are interested in signing 24-year-old Leeds and Wales forward Daniel James.


  • Wolves have agreed personal terms with VfB Stuttgart’s Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic but negotiations between the two clubs remain ongoing for the 25-year-old as the Bundesliga side want a higher transfer fee.


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  • Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, for a deal thought to be worth between £15m and £25m.


  • The Blues are prepared to allow an additional eight players leave in this window after West Ham agreed a deal to sign Italy defender Emerson Palmieri, 28.
  • Leicester City could make their first significant move into the summer transfer market to sign Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe, according to a report in France.


  • Chelsea are confident they can seal a deal for Everton attacker Anthony Gordon, 21, this week with talks over the transfer of the England Under-21 international ongoing.


  • The Football Association will brief England players and staff ahead of the World Cup in Qatar with a focus on their behaviour in the Islamic country to ensure they stay on the right side of their traditions and culture.


  • Man United are also interested in Eintracht Frankfurt and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 32.


  • Chelsea are keen on Brighton’s Adam Webster as they seek an alternative to Wesley Fofana, whose club Leicester City are determined to retain.


  • Anthony Gordon has removed all Everton links from his Instagram bio amid continuing links over a move to Chelsea.


  • Jose Mourinho has hit out at “scum” rumour-mongers spreading a story that youngster Felix Afena-Gyan was responsible for the training ground incident which left Georginio Wijnaldum with a broken leg.


  • Chelsea could be the busiest club in the final days of the summer window with significant additions going along with as many as eight players leaving Stamford Bridge.
  • Celtic and Rangers are involved in a transfer tug-of-war as they both have seen offers rejected for Queen’s Park teenager Cameron Bruce, rated as one of Scotland’s brightest talents.

Monday's Transfer Gossip: Antony, Keita, Sarr, Gakpo, De Jong, Maguire, Tanganga, Walsh, Pepe, Reguilon

  • Ajax’s Brazil winger Antony, 22, is pushing to join Manchester United before the transfer window closes.
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says midfielder Naby Keita will not be allowed to leave this summer. The 27-year-old Guinea international has one year left on his contract.


  • Aston Villa, who have agreed a £25m deal to sign 24-year-old Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr from Watford, have yet to finalise personal terms.


  • Wolves have rejected a £1m bid for Ivory Coast centre-back Willy Boly, 31, from Nottingham Forest.


  • Tottenham could sign Atalanta’s 29-year-old Ukraine midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, who is unconvinced about a move to Marseille.


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  • Aston Villa have submitted a loan offer for Southampton’s 26-year-old Poland centre-back Jan Bednarek.


  • Tottenham, Roma and Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea’s 23-year-old English centre-back Trevoh Chalobah.


  • Manchester United remain in the hunt for PSV Eindhoven’s 23-year-old Dutch winger Cody Gakpo, but are only likely to sign one of him or Antony before the window closes.


  • AC Milan have made another approach for Tottenham’s 23-year-old English centre-back Japhet Tanganga.


  • Newcastle are hoping for a transfer breakthrough this week and believe a move for Watford’s Brazilian forward Joao Pedro, 20, is possible.


  • Lazio are looking at a move for Tottenham’s 25-year-old Spain defender Sergio Reguilon.


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  • Nottingham Forest are interested in signing 29-year-old Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, who is a free agent after being released by Villarreal.
  • Nottingham Forest want Netherlands defender Hans Hateboer, 28, from Atalanta.


  • Manchester United will block any move for 29-year-old England defender Harry Maguire after Chelsea made an enquiry.


  • Brazil midfielder Casemiro, 30, is set to sign for Manchester United from Real Madrid but will not be at the game against Liverpool on Monday as his visa has yet to be completed.


  • Manchester City and England midfielder Keira Walsh, 25, remains a leading target for Barcelona.


  • Leeds and Newcastle are looking at Los Angeles FC’s 23-year-old Ecuador midfielder Jose Cifuentes, who is also attracting interest from Brighton.


  • Nice are continuing negotiations with Arsenal over a loan deal for 27-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe.

Sunday's Saturday's Transfer GossipDe Jong, Silva, Pulisic, Toney, De Jong, Gakpo, Antony, Sarr, Garner

  • Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been given approval by the club’s owners to spend his way out of trouble – by chasing deals for Netherlands pair Frenkie de Jong, 25, of Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, 23, as well as Ajax’s Brazilian winger Antony, 22.
  • Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is to be offered a massive new deal by the club in a bid to persuade the 28-year-old Portuguese to stay despite interest from Barcelona and Paris St-Germain.


  • Man United are set to miss out on Chelsea wide forward Christian Pulisic, 23, with the USA international keen to join a club in the Champions League if he leaves Stamford Bridge.


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  • Arsenal are looking at a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian striker Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21.


  • West Ham, Newcastle, Everton, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in Scotland and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, 25.


  • Dutch forward Memphis Depay, 28, is ready to terminate his Barcelona contract amid interest from Juventus.
  • Marseille have agreed a deal with Manchester United for Eric Bailly. The 28-year-old Ivorian centre-back is set to join on loan, with the French club having the option to make the switch permanent.


  • Chelsea and Everton have joined Manchester United in weighing up moves for Brentford’s English striker Ivan Toney, 26.


  • Real Madrid will use the money from Casemiro’s sale to Manchester United to pursue a deal for Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19.

  • Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Watford for Senegalese striker Ismaila Sarr, 24.


  • Tottenham, Leeds and Southampton are all keen on Manchester United midfielder James Garner, despite the 21-year-old Englishman never having started a Premier League game. However, all three clubs are unwilling to pay the £14m asking price


  • Everton have opened talks with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 28, over a new contract.


  • Sarr’s team-mate Joao Pedro is the subject of a final £25m bid from Newcastle – with Watford having turnied down two previous offers for the 20-year-old Brazilian forward.

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Guimaraes, Ronaldo, Pulisic, Silva, Guimaraes, Antony, Gakpo, Carrasco, Kluivert

  • Real Madrid see Newcastle and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 24, as the ideal potential replacement for Casemiro.
  • Borussia Dortmund will not pursue an opportunity to sign Manchester United’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, because of his age and wage requirements.


  • Chelsea will consider loaning forward Christian Pulisic, 23, to Manchester United if the USA captain agrees an extension to his current contract, which has two years left to run.


  • Watford have rejected a second bid from Newcastle for 20-year-old Brazilian forward Joao Pedro, thought to be about £22m plus £3m in add-ons.
  • Talks are still ongoing between both clubs despite the second bid having been turned down.


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  • Crystal Palace are interested in signing 24-year-old France midfielder Houssem Aouar from Lyon, despite reports that he has agreed personal terms with Nottingham Forest.


  • Manchester City do not want to sell midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28, despite interest from Paris St-Germain and Barcelona in the Portugal international.


  • Chelsea are optimistic that a deal for Barcelona’s former Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, can be reached as further talks are scheduled this week.


  • Manchester United are considering a £25m move for Atletico Madrid’s Belgium forward Yannick Carrasco, 28.


  • Ajax have rejected a bid of 80m euros (£67.6m) from Manchester United for Brazil winger Antony, 22.


  • PSV Eindhoven will not entertain a bid from Manchester United for the Netherlands attacker Cody Gakpo, 23, until after their Champions League play-off second leg at home to Rangers on 24 August.


  • Leicester have opened negotiations with England midfielder James Maddison, 25, over a new contract.


  • Everton had been linked with Tottenham’s English midfielder Harry Winks, 26, but Toffees boss Frank Lampard has decided to walk away from the deal.


  • Aston Villa’s Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore, 26, is attracting interest from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.


  • Besiktas hope to finalise a deal for Everton’s Dele Alli so that the former England midfielder, 26, can be in the stands for Sunday’s game against Fatih Karagumruk.
  • Fulham are negotiating a fee with Roma after agreeing terms with 23-year-old Dutch winger Justin Kluivert.


  • West Ham are thought to have made another bid for Belgium and Club Bruges midfielder Hans Vanaken, 29, after their first offer was turned down.


  • Lyon’s French defender Malo Gusto, 19, has attracted interest from Barcelona and Manchester United.


  • AZ Alkmaar have turned down bids of about 15m euros from Bournemouth and Celta Vigo for Jesper Karlsson, 24, despite the Sweden striker’s desire to leave the Dutch club.