After a dismal performance last season, Manchester United was expected to do whatever was necessary to support new manager Erik ten Hag.
However, the club initially struggled to secure contracts, with just three players coming to Carrington as the new Premier League season began.
After back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Brentford, United was forced to squander money, signing Casemiro and Antony for record-breaking deals.
Antony’s transfer to Manchester United
Antony has become the Red Devils’ second-largest acquisition, with United paying Ajax £85.5m for the right winger’s services.
Due to the nature of the fee, the English giants were supposed to pay it for over five years.
He got off to a spectacular start to his United career, scoring the first goal on his debut in his 3-1 victory over league leaders Arsenal. After that, he started every game for United.
However, Antony’s deal with United ran into problems in the form of payments to his youth club of the Brazilian national team in Sao Paulo.
As per the reports stated by Sport Witness, according to the contract signed by the Brazilian team with Ajax, they were entitled “to 20% of the profit the Dutch side made with the move, and are expected to make around €17m with the transaction”.
However, the Brazilian club is now demanding for the payments to cleared immediately.
Sao Paulo demands the Money
The Brazilian club found itself in trouble because its players owed unpaid likeness payments. According to journalist Jorge Nicola, Sao Paulo’s President Julio Casares had given his word, “the debt would be settled with the money from that move.”
According to Nicola, the club claims not to have received a distribution and he was expected to arrive between late September and early October.
The club’s president had pledged to the players that the money would be paid out before Sao Paulo qualified for the Copa Sudamericana final against Ecuadorian Independiente del Valle on October 1.
This could add to Erik Ten Hag’s concerns around January. United has already refused to pay for the winter season and the payment would mean another blow to Old Trafford’s coffers.