Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement for the signing of Brazilian winger Antony in a mega-money deal.
United are paying £84million to the Eredivisie giants to make the winger their second-most expensive signing. It is a massive statement of intent from the Red Devils, but boss Erik ten Hag believes in his former player.
Talk of the transfer rose significantly when United failed with a £67million bid for Antony.
After that, the 22-year-old has looked to force his move to Old Trafford. Indeed, Antony missed training earlier in July and then went on strike for Ajax’s league game last Sunday.
The winger subsequently arrived for his Man Utd medical on Monday after both clubs came to an agreement.
United added in a club statement that the transfer now hinges on a medical, personal terms and international clearance.
Speaking before the announcement about the missed training sessions in particular, Ajax boss Schreuder fired a parting shot at the winger.
“Certainly. [It’s] not good. It’s a shame it happened,” Schreuder told Voetbal International. “Personally, I just think it’s bad. I think that’s weird. He was eventually addressed about that.
“If you’re Ajax, it’s just bad that this happens. I understand if you’re disappointed for a day or two, but you’re also a professional.
“But within a few days you will understand what is going on. Then I’ll just continue with the guys who are there.”
Ajax trying to move on from Antony
Schreuder added that as much as he is trying to accept and forget, the situation is making him “angry”.
“Of course, there are several people who decide about it,” the Dutch coach said. “I just think it’s bad it happens. I’m angry about it too.
“What are we doing now? That frustrates you as a trainer. Then I think: you’re just a player.
“You just have to do your thing. I talk to him about it and hear his side of the story.
“You try to brush it off as a trainer and move on with the guys you do have. But my personal feeling is that it’s just bad.”
Man Utd get their man
While Ajax feel aggrieved by how Antony has handled his final days at Ajax, Man Utd will no doubt be overjoyed.
It is a big win for Ten Hag, too, because he coached Antony at the Eredivisie giants before Schreuder took over.
Therefore, Ten Hag knows all about how to produce and maintain the winger’s best form.
The transfer shows the Glazer family – much maligned in Man Utd circles for their ownership of the club – are not afraid to back the new manager.
The £84million investment in Antony follows a £70million deal for former Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.