Diogo Dalot welcomed Erik ten Hag’s fifth summer signing Antony to Manchester United after the Red Devils reached an agreement with Ajax.
The Portugal international became the first Manchester United player to publicly welcome the Brazilian to Old Trafford.
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Ajax will receive an initial £81.3m for the 22-year-old, with a further £4.2m payable in adds on taking the overall cost of the deal to £85.5m, a fee just short of United’s club record £89m to re -sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
Ten Hag signed the nine-time Brazil international from Sau Paulo two years ago for the Amsterdam giants, and the pair will now reunite in Manchester.
Diogo Dalot welcomes Antony to Manchester United
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Antony will not be available to face Leicester on Thursday as his visa is not expected to be ratified in time but he could make his debut against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The talented South American also wants to reunite with former Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez and fellow Brazilians Casemiro and Fred.
Ajax’s seemingly former number 11 has produced his best performances from the right-hand side and he’s likely going to challenge Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to occupy the wing spots.
Antony will be hoping to strike up a fruitful partnership and understanding with United’s right-back Dalot.
The former Porto man is currently in control of United’s right-back berth with Aaron Wan-Bissaka seemingly not forming part of Ten Hag’s plans, and it was Dalot who provided the assist for Bruno Fernandes’ winner against Southampton on Saturday.
United’s number 20 has welcomed the club’s new signing to the club with a post on Twitter.
The post translates: “Welcome”.
From his 82 games for Ajax, Antony scored 24 goals and laid on 22 assists.
As well as winning an Olympic gold medal with his country, Antony won two Eredivisie titles and the Dutch Cup under the tutelage of Ten Hag.
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