Former Sau Paulo director Alexandre Passaro has explained what makes Manchester United’s second most expensive signing Antony a ‘phenomenon’.

The Red Devils have agreed an initial fee of £80.75m, with a further £4.25m in add-ons, to secure his services from Erik ten Hag’s former club Ajax, according to BBC Sport.

Manchester United has confirmed the club has reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of the 22-year-old.

Ten Hag brought the nine-time Brazil international to Amsterdam from Sau Paulo in 2020.

From 82 games for the Dutch giants, Ajax’s number 11 scored 24 goals and laid on 22 assists, averaging a goal involvement in every other match.

Former Sau Paulo director explains what makes Antony a ‘phenomenon’

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As well as being reunited with Ten Hag and his former Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez, Antony will linked up with his fellow countrymen Fred and Casemiro.

The talented South American will be looking to make the right-wing position, under his former boss, at Old Trafford his own, but he will face competition from the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga.

Former Sao Paulo executive director Alexandre Passaro has given an insight into what makes Antony so great and the lasting impression he leaves on managers.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Passaro said: “It may seem like he’s just a 22-year-old boy, that things are moving too fast for him and he doesn’t have much experience.

“But I can tell you one thing: every coach that works with him doesn’t want to let him go. It has happened with Ten Hag, but with other coaches in Brazil like Andre Jardine and Tite.

“They have a different perception of Antony because they know the phenomenon that he is in the daily work, the absurd things that he does with the ball, how talented he is.

“He’s the kind of player that delivers what you need and gives you no trouble.”

Antony will become the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history, only behind Paul Pogba’s move to United, Chelsea’s signing of Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City’s deal for Jack Grealish.

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