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Big chunk of Antony transfer fee still not finalised as key players battle over Man Utd money

Antony, Brazil and Ajax star, during Olympics Games match v Mexico at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Ibaraki, Japan

While Antony is now officially a Manchester United player, some of his transfer fee reportedly needs to be resolved.

Manchester United spent around £86million to bring Antony to the Premier League from Dutch club Ajax. This makes him the second most expensive player in their history, behind Paul Pogba.

Erik ten Hag’s side confirmed an agreement had been reached with Ajax on Tuesday, August 30. His move was then announced by Manchester United on the morning of transfer deadline day.

When joining the Red Devils, Antony said: “This is an incredible moment in my career to be joining one of the most iconic clubs in the world. I’m thankful to everyone who has believed in me, especially my family, and all my coaches and teammates. I could not have got here without them.

“Playing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax was perfect for me and my development. His style of football and coaching brings out the best in me. I am excited by 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 trust they put in me, but now I am ready for the next challenge, and I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and play my part in bringing success to Manchester United.”

Antony could make his debut for the club when they face Arsenal later on Sunday. Ten Hag admits he is ‘thinking about’ giving the winger his first taste of the Premier League this weekend.

While Antony is now looking to settle in, there is an apparent war going on regarding his transfer fee.

Antony fee the subject of agent tussle

According to the Daily Mirror, three different representatives are battling over £20m of the sum that took him to Old Trafford.

One is the Forza Sports Group, who label Antony’s switch the ‘worldwide biggest transfer this year’. They played a big role in getting the 22-year-old to join United, but two other agents also want the money.

Junior Pedroso, Antony’s agent from Brazil, says he had the biggest influence on the deal.

And there is also Sports Entertainment Group. They took charge of getting Ten Hag to become United boss and also had a hand in Antony following him there.

The three parties all believe they were the major player in Antony’s move. They will fight it out over the next few months to get the biggest cut of the £20m as possible.

Antony will compete with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga for a starting spot under Ten Hag.

And Owen Hargreaves, who was at United between 2007 and 2011, thinks Antony will bring three big things to the side.