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Fans brand Man United's £85m deal for Antony a 'waste of money' and 'daylight robbery' by Ajax

Rory O'Callaghan

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Fans brand Man United's £85m deal for Antony a 'waste of money' and 'daylight robbery' by Ajax

Ajax winger Antony is set to become Manchester United's fifth singing of the summer transfer window.

United have confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign the Brazil international, subject to him passing a medical, agreeing personal terms and receiving international clearance.

United have agreed a deal that will see them pay an initial fee of £80.75m for Antony, with a further £4.25m in add-ons, according to the BBC.

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That fee would make the winger United's joint-second most expensive signing, alongside defender Harry Maguire, with Paul Pogba's £89m transfer from Juventus in 2016 still remaining the club record.

It would also be one of the highest fees ever paid by a Premier League club.

The deal, which is set to bank Ajax around €100m, has attracted criticism from some fans on social media.

"United the only club that can make the worst value transfer in history twice," wrote one fan on Twitter, presumably referring to Maguire's £85m move to United from Leicester in 2019.

"Top 10 worst transfers in history. Number 1: Antony to Man U for €100m," added another.

"Footy is mudded if this bloke is 100mil," wrote a third supporter.

Meanwhile, another wrote: "Fair play Ajax that's daylight robbery."

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Antony has already passed a medical with United and is set to sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.

Despite the criticism from some supporters, United are said to be "delighted" to have agreed a deal for the Brazilian, according to the BBC's Simon Stone.

His arrival will take the club's summer spending to more than £210m, with Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia and Antony's former Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez also arriving at Old Trafford this window along with free transfer Christian Eriksen.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Antony, Football, Ajax, Manchester United, Transfers, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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