Brazilian winger Antony is expected to join Manchester United for $95 million, joining Lisandro Martinez during the transfer window from Dutch club Ajax to the English giant.
The clubs announced on Tuesday they had made an agreement regarding the transfer of Antony, depending upon a medical examination, his contract being finalized, and international clearance.
Antony Signing the Second Most Expensive Deal
An accomplished, quick left-footed attacker, 22-year-old Antony, who has only played two seasons at Ajax, however, seems to have done plenty in order to persuade United to sign him the second-most expensive contract after Paul Pogba in 2016.
He would become the fourth-highest-paid player to join an English team, following right behind Manchester City’s Jack Grealish, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, and Pogba.
With the imminent arrival of Antony, who is likely to be part of the Brazilian squad for the World Cup in Qatar, United are again turning to the Dutch league in their latest reforms.
First, Erik ten Hag departed from Ajax and decided to join as manager, bringing in Argentinian center back – Martinez for nearly $58 million. In addition to that, Antony joins him from the Amsterdam club. Tyrell Malacia has also signed from Feyenoord and former Ajax player Christian Eriksen seems to have joined them on a free transfer.
Apart from that, United also signed Real Madrid’s Brazil midfielder Casemiro last week, looking to spend big during the final days of the transfer window by a club whose ownership, the Glazer family, is facing a storm. Supporters protested regarding the club’s direction under the Glazers after nearly a decade of poor results, and the disappointment became more prominent after losing their first two Premier League games of the season.
Anthony is likely to add some talent to United with his tricks and skills, while also building competition to a wide position. On the other hand, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Anthony Elanga are struggling for spots.
United has offered Ajax another €5 million as a potential premium for Anthony, who complained in an interview with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano last week that the Dutch champions are not letting him leave.
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