Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign Antony in a deal worth €100m (£84m, $99m).

Athletics reported earlier on Sunday that the club were close to finalizing the fee after United saw a third bid in the region of €90m rejected.

United have finally made a breakthrough in their pursuit this weekend and will pay the Dutch club a €95m guarantee, plus €5m in addition.

The guaranteed figure includes a solidarity payout of 2.7 percent and the deal could now be finalized on Monday.

Erik ten Hag is desperate to reunite with his former Ajax man and Antony, who was left out of the Eredivisie squad on Sunday for the second game in a row, has spoken publicly of trying and forcing a move on.

He told The Guardian: “Since February this year, my agent has come to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face a new challenge and that some interested clubs will come and be with them, which is certainly a good offer.

“During the month window, meetings continued and I also received a proposal from Ajax for a contract extension. I explain once again: I want to go.

“I was very happy in Amsterdam, I won titles at Ajax, made friends and built a part of my career, but now I confirm that I am ready and full of motivation to follow my story and dream. People need to listen to me and understand that my motivation is moving me towards happiness.

Ten Hag already signed Lisandro Martinez from his former employer but wants Antony to add to the competition in attack.

Anthony Martial has missed the start of the season due to injury while the future wants to leave Cristiano Ronaldo remains uncertain with a September 1 deadline looming.

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