Antony is edging closer to a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)
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The Brazil international is a key target for the Red Devils before the window closes on 1 September, but they have already seen a bid turned down for him by the Dutch champions.
Ajax are keen to keep hold of the 22-year-old, having already lost manager Erik ten Hag and defender Lisandro Martinez to United this summer and a string of other big players in a transfer window of serious upheaval for them.
However, they do admit that everyone has a price and the Athletic report that the figure they want is €100m (£84.5m).
The Red Devils placed a bid of €80m (£67.6m) for Antony last week, but Aax turned it down and want significantly more for one of their star players.
The player is keen to make the move and reunite with his former manager at Old Trafford, with his representatives now in England and working hard to get the move done.
Ajax left Antony out of their win over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday as they are well aware of him being unsettled over the speculation.
A move looks likely before the end of the transfer window, but there will be some final haggling over price, with Manchester United wanting to drive Ajax down to under £80m if possible.
PSV winger Cody Gakpo remains a back-up option for Ten Hag, and he would be a substantially cheaper one, but United want Antony and it appears that they will get their man, although he will be very expensive.
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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder
Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)
His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.
Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.
The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.
In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.
But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.
In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’
The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)
It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’
‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’
When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.
‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’
Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)
This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)
Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)
It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.
Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.
It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.
Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)
The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.
His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.
Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.
When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.
‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’
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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained
Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.
Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?
Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.
Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.
Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.
VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.
Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?
If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.
This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.
The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.
The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.
How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?
Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).
An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.
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