Antony is more likely to make his debut for Manchester United against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon following the completion of his imminent move to Old Trafford, in accordance with reports. The Brazilian winger has been chased by the Red Devils all summer but looks set to finally sign on the dotted line after a full agreement was reached between United, Ajax and the player’s representatives last week.
Antony was spotted arriving at Carrington on Monday evening to thrash out the formalities of the switch, with Ajax set to receive a fee of around £85million in exchange for his or her prized asset. This figure represents a record-breaking amount of cash for a player within the Eredivisie and people in power at United will probably be hoping that he justifies their decision to spend big by establishing himself as a number one member of the squad over the approaching years.
It had been suggested that Antony could make his first appearance for United against Leicester City on Thursday evening, together with his arrival at Old Trafford set to be officially announced inside the subsequent 24 hours. Nevertheless, Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth has explained that a debut against Arsenal is the more than likely scenario, with just a few loose ends still needing to be tied up over the subsequent few days.
“He needs to be registered by midday on Wednesday if he’s to feature in Manchester United’s next Premier League game, which is away at Leicester on Thursday,” Sheth told The Transfer Show.
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“I’m told that may be a little bit of a stretch, just because he’ll need a visa and a piece permit. We’re more more likely to see Antony performing for Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday against Arsenal.”
United boss Erik ten Hag will probably be delighted to reunite with Antony when his move is officially confirmed, with the 22-year-old having excelled under the Dutchman’s guidance during his time in control of Ajax. The switch will see United’s spending total in the summertime window rise above £220m, which is about to mark a record outlay for the Red Devils.
The club have been accused of splashing an excessive amount of money on Antony by some onlookers, with the agreed £85m fee eclipsing those paid by Liverpool and Manchester City for the services of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland respectively. Nevertheless, United legend Paul Scholes recently insisted that just about every top club has been guilty of paying over the percentages for a recent signing sooner or later.
“I believe you simply must ignore the cash as of late,” said Scholes in his role as a pundit on BT Sport over the weekend.
“The cash is just ridiculous for each single player. He’s a really talented player. You would probably sit here and say the cash is a bit an excessive amount of for him, but as I said the cash is just crazy as of late, it’s stopping players from moving.”
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