Revealed – ‘Not 21’ – The shirt number Antony could wear at Man Utd reveal as He completes record signing
Manchester United have confirmed an £85 million agreement for Ajax winger Antony, which would make the Brazilian the club’s second most expensive player provided all the final arrangements are worked out.
Even without add-ons, Antony will cost slightly more than the £80 million United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019, with only £89 million for Paul Pogba fetching a greater sum.
Antony joins United after wearing the number 11 shirt for Ajax since the start of the 2021/22 season. Mason Greenwood, the current resident, is still being investigated after being arrested on charges of rape, assault, sexual assault, and threatening to kill. Greenwood’s contract is still in effect, but he is suspended until further notice, and the club would have to strip him of the shirt in order for it to be available.
Antony has also donned the number 11 jersey for Brazil in the 2020 Olympics and for his old club Sao Paulo.
Another number he’s worn for Ajax and Sao Paulo is 39, which is currently used by Scott McTominay at Manchester United despite Premier League interest this summer.
Antony has access to United phone numbers 13, 15, 21, 24, and 30. Fans may believe that 15 or 21 are the most ‘suitable’ for a player in his position.
There is also the possibility that Antony will be the next player to wear United’s renowned number seven shirt, having already worn it for Sao Paulo and Brazil UAs23s – Cristiano Ronaldo is still hoping to leave Old Trafford before the transfer deadline.
Jorge Mendes, the super-agent, is looking at ways to obtain Ronaldo the move to a Champions League club he desires. Napoli and Sporting CP are the most recent clubs to express interest, following Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain.
United do not play again until the transfer deadline, at which point it will be clear whether Ronaldo is truly leaving the club. If a transaction is completed that day, the club may reassign Antony’s number seven jersey, though this remains improbable.
Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, and Casemiro have already taken on previously empty 6, 12, 14, and 18 shirts this summer.