The Antony contract clause that has caused Man United to pay huge fee

Man United have finally reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Antony, and a clause in his contract may have forced them to pay a lot of money to get the deal done.

This year’s transfer window has created a great deal of frustration for Red Devils fans. However, since the signing of Casemiro, their fortunes have changed. In addition to finally filling the midfield role, they are set to secure the signing of one of the most exciting wingers on the planet.

The long-running saga finally reached its conclusion on Sunday. The Manchester club broke the Eredivisie transfer record to secure the 22-year-old for a whopping €100 million fee, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2027.

The Brazilian has made a massive impact during his stint at Ajax. Throughout his performances, he’s showcased rapid pace, an outrageous repertoire of skills and even helped the team win two Eredivisie titles under Erik ten Hag.

And in a bid to chase his old manager to England, the player reportedly went on strike. He even went as far as refusing to play against Sparta Rotterdam. However, Ajax held firm and refused to let him leave, until the English side met their huge asking price.

Antony contract clause results in Man United paying big sum

Although Ajax will make a large amount of cash from the deal, they won’t get to keep it all. They owe the winger’s former club, Sao Paulo, 20 per cent of capital gain with the player’s new transaction, as well as a further 2.7% solidarity payment, through Sao Paulo being Antony’s training club.

This would likely explain why the club demanded such a huge amount of money. The deal is worth over €20 million to the Brazilian giants.

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United have, therefore, been forced to make Antony their third-most expensive signing of all time. But whilst the transfer fee is high, Red Devils fans have high expectations for their player. Gitony has worked with Ten Hag previously, so there will be pressure on him to succeed quickly.

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