MANCHESTER, England – Brazilian winger Anthony appears set to complete a move to Manchester United for $95 million, joining Lesandro Martinez in a big-money switch from Dutch club Ajax to the English giants in the transfer window.
The clubs said on Tuesday they had reached an agreement on Anthony’s transfer, subject to a medical, finalization of his contract, and international clearance.
Anthony, 22, a skilful and quick left-footed attacker, has only spent two full seasons at Ajax, but appears to have done enough to convince United to make him the second-most-capped player behind Paul Pogba in 2016. Dear sign.
He will be the fourth most expensive player to join the English team, behind Jack Grealish to Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and Pogba.
The impending arrival of Anthony, who is likely to be part of Brazil’s squad at the World Cup in Qatar, sees United again look to the Dutch league in their latest rebuild.
First, Erik ten Hague left Ajax to join as manager and he brought in Martinez – the Argentine centre-back for almost $58 million – and now Anthony with him from the Amsterdam club. Terrell Malesia has been signed from Feyenoord and Christian Eriksen, a former Ajax player, has joined on a free transfer.
United also signed Brazilian midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid last week in the final days of the transfer window, with a club owned by the Glazer family in the eye of the storm. Fans have been protesting the club’s direction under the Glazers after nearly a decade of success, discontent that has been most evident since the United States lost the first two games of the season in the Premier League.
With his tricks and skills, Anthony will give United some flavor while also adding more competition in the wide positions, where Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Ellinga are competing for places.
It also adds to the uncertainty surrounding another forward in the United States, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is pushing for a move to a club playing in the Champions League.
The United States will reportedly pay Ajax another 5 million euros ($5 million) in potential add-ons for Anthony, who complained in an interview with Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano last week that the Dutch champions Not allowed to leave.