Antony, the second most expensive signing in Manchester United history

Antony, the second most expensive signing in Manchester United history

The Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam reached an agreement on Tuesday for the transfer of Brazilian striker Antony to the English Premier League club for 100.2 million dollars, bonus included.

“Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ajax for the signing of Anthonywaiting for a medical examination, for the terms of the contract with the player to be finalized and for the international (administrative) formalities”, wrote the ‘Diables Rouges’, who had made it one of the priorities of their market for the season just started.

The Ajax specifies in its press release that the sum is made up of 95 million euros in fixed compensation and 5 million euros in various variables. It is the most expensive transfer for a player who played in the Dutch league.

It exceeds the 86 million euros (bonus included) that the FCBarcelona paid Ajax to sign Frenkie De Jong. Ajax turned down three offers from Manchester United for Antony, but the English side insisted.

The coach Erik Ten Hag, who recently joined the club from Old Trafford, had Antony under his command for two seasons in Amsterdam. Ten Hag has already signed for United another player he knew from Ajax, Argentina defender Lisandro Martínez ($67.08m, €67m).

For 17 million euros, United signed the Dutchman Tyrell Malacia, from Feyenoord. The ‘Red Devils’ have also strengthened with the Brazilian Casemiro (Real Madrid) for more than 80 million euros (80.08 million dollars), while Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen arrived with the letter of freedom .

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Antony’s arrival could make Manchester United less adamant about leaving Cristiano Ronaldowho for two months has expressed his desire to leave the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible destinations don’t seem to be many, but having lost the property, it’s hard to think the Portuguese star will settle for luxury substitute status, down the stretch to the top. World Cup in Qatar-2022.



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