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Manchester United unveil £85.5million to Antony as he hails Erik ten Hag as the ‘perfect’ boss with ‘exciting plans and ambitions’, with former Ajax star signing five-year contract at Old Trafford
Manchester United have unveiled Antony, their second most expensive purchase in club history, following his £85.5m move from Ajax.
The Brazilian attacker has signed a contract at Old Trafford until 2027, with an option for an extra year.
“This is an incredible moment in my career to join one of the most iconic clubs in the world,” he said.
“I am grateful to everyone who believed in me, especially my family, and all my coaches and teammates, because without them I would not have come here.
“Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development.
“His style of playing football and coaching brings out the best in me and I am thrilled with what he has told me about his plans and ambitions in Manchester.
“My time at Ajax was fantastic and I will always be grateful for the confidence they have in me, but now I am ready for the next challenge and I can’t wait to join my new teammates and play my part in bringing success with Manchester United.’
In total, he leaves Ajax with 24 goals and 22 assists in 82 appearances, helping them win the last two league titles and also the 2021 Dutch Cup led by Ten Hag.
John Murtough, United’s Football Director, added: “Antony is one of the most exciting young talents in European football and has just the right profile for the attacking, dynamic team Erik is building.
“We are particularly impressed with his desire to join Manchester United and be part of a long-term project to bring the club back to the level of performance we all expect.”
United offered £81.3 million as a lump sum with £4.2 million in extras, including a solidarity payment to Antony’s former club Sao Paulo.
Ajax held out for more money after rejecting a £76million bid last Friday, with United manager Erik ten Hag finally getting his man to bolster his attacking options.
Antony had pushed Ajax hard to be released and refused to train with his teammates. He stayed out of the 2-0 win over Utrecht on Sunday.
Ten Hag is likely to replace Anthony Elanga in the current favorite starting line-up with Antony, although the United boss could use him as a quick striker or on the left.
More to follow.