Anthony has completed his €100m transfer from Ajax to Manchester United. When will the Brazilian winger participate in his first match with the Red Devils?
Anthony has been one of United’s new manager Erik ten Hag’s top transfer targets all summer, as the pair won the Dutch domestic double together in 2021.
But it took the 22-year-old refusing to play for Ajax and a massive €100m bid to persuade Ajax to part with the winger, who scored 12 goals and made 10 assists in 33 games in all competitions last season, including six. Champions League posts.
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Manchester United head to Leicester City on Thursday looking to claim three consecutive Premier League wins, but it is unlikely that Anthony will be able to play any role.
The Brazilian is in good health after he finished his medical treatment on Monday, but according to Sky Sports, his entry visa and work permit are still being processed.
Casemiro – €80m signing from Real Madrid – had to endure a similar waiting period before making his debut in the 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday. Besides Fred, there are now three Brazilians in the Manchester United squad.
Possibly their first chance to play together will be Arsenal’s meeting at Old Trafford next Sunday, although Anthony may have to wait for the opening Europa League Group E match against Real Sociedad the following Thursday.
How much did United spend on transfers this summer
With Anthony added to the mix, United have now spent £214m / €249m on transfers. In addition to Casemiro, Anthony’s former Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez was added for €66 million while left-back Terrell Malacia joined in a €15 million deal from Feyenoord.
Christian Eriksen arrived on free from Brentford while United are still in the market for a striker with Cristiano Ronaldo set to leave the club before the summer transfer window closes.