Manchester United’s transfer move to sign Antony will hopefully end up going down as a big success. He has already made an impression, scoring on his debut.
The one big mistake United made was doing the deal so late. By time the switch was finally approved on transfer deadline day, the cost had swelled to £81 million plus £4m in add-ons.
United should have prioritised this move right at the start of the summer. The Mail had reported in June that his valuation was around £40 million.
Circumstances at Ajax changed, allowing the Dutch club to substantially hike up the price, and Manchester United need to factor these lessons in, moving forward.
United need to strike early for Goncalo Ramos
An interesting player linked with a move to Manchester United this week is Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos.
He has scored eight goals in 12 games this season and is in great form, with The Sun reporting United are eyeing a £25 million swoop.
The earliest United can swoop for Ramos is January, and this is important, if Ramos is the striker Erik ten Hag wants to add to his squad.
As the season progresses, Ramos will add more and more goals to his record, attracting increased interest.
Extra interest means an increased price, and Benfica will hold out for a very high fee if he keeps on scoring through to next summer.
Ramos’ £100 million release clause means Benfica can demand a high fee, as they did for Darwin Nunez in the summer when he was sold for £85 million to Liverpool. His price in January had been floated at around £50 million.
Moving early for Goncalo Ramos in January is the right play, rather than waiting until next summer. The big money Antony deal should have taught the club this lesson – along with the cost of not signing any players in the last winter transfer window.
The Glazers are reported to be reluctant to spend in January, The Athletic report. If they do not, then they will likely simply be spending more inflated fees for the same player next summer.