Van Basten criticizes Antony’s expensive transfer to MU


Marco van Basten criticized the expensive purchase of Antony by Manchester United. The Ajax Amsterdam legend said that Antony’s transfer price was too expensive.

MU agreed to recruit Antony from Ajax Amsterdam, Tuesday (30/8/2022) night WIB. The Brazilian is the Red Devils’ fifth signing of the summer after Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro.

MU did not mention how much it would cost to redeem Antony from Ajax. Several top British media said Manchester Red spent 85 million pounds (Rp 1.4 trillion) to get the 22-year-old player.

If the figure of 85 million pounds really happens, then Antony becomes the second most expensive purchase of Manchester United in history. His transfer value only lost to Paul Pogba when he signed from Juventus in 2016 (89.3 million pounds).

Not a few have questioned Antony’s high price, one of which is Marco van Basten. The former Dutch national team star is still not convinced by the quality that Antony has so that it is worth buying at a fantastic value.

As is known, Antony has played 82 times with Ajax Amsterdam since 2020. He recorded 24 goals and 22 assists, and presented two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup trophy to the Johan Cruyff Arena.

“Antony hasn’t proven himself much. It’s true that he played some good matches, but his efficiency hasn’t been high in the last two years,” said Van Basten, quoted from Daily Mail.

The legend of Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan, Marco van Basten. (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Van Basten also criticized Ajax when they bought Antony from Sao Paulo for 25 million euros in 2020. The Swan accused his former club that he would rather spend a lot of money on Antony than promote Ajax’s academy players.

“At Ajax they have a very big mouth: our academy is very good. Then you sign a large number of young players. Something goes wrong then,” he said.

“If you pride yourself on such a great academy then of course it’s ridiculous when you buy young players from Brazil for 25 million,” said Marco van Basten.

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