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Manchester United agree £85m deal to sign Antony from Ajax making him most expensive signing from Dutch league

Manchester United agree ?85m deal to sign Antony from Ajax making him most expensive signing from Dutch league

 

Manchester United have agreed an £85m deal for Ajax winger ,Anthony, which will make the Brazilian the most expensive signing from the Dutch Eredivisie league.

 

United will pay a guaranteed £80.75m and another £4.25m in add-ons for the 22-year-old, who is expected in Manchester on Monday, August 29 to have a medical.

The Old Trafford club have been chasing Anthony for several weeks and saw a £67.9m (€80m) offer rebuffed by the club earlier this week before they gave a new offer of £85m(€99m) on Friday, August 26 which was accepted by Ajax

On Friday last week in an interview with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano on YouTube, Antony said:

“Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face a new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and, with them, certainly a great offer.

 

“During the window months, meetings concluded including a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal. I made it clear once again I want to leave the club.

“Today in a meeting with the board I expressed my interest in leaving the club, this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others have already arrived [but] Ajax always refuses with the argument it only has five days to replace (me).

“I’m not asking [for Ajax] to release me, I am asking Ajax to sell me as the highest bid received by a player who plays in the Eredivisie.”

The move to United will see Antony reunited with ex-Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has already recruited defender Lisandro Martinez from his former club.

 

“I was very happy in Amsterdam, I won titles at Ajax, made friends and built part of my career, but now I reinforce that I am ready and full of motivation to follow my story and my dreams,” Antony added.

 

“People need to listen to me and understand that my motivation moves me towards happiness. I need this to continue performing at a high level. Ajax will always be in my heart.”

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