Marco van Basten insists Antony is not worth £84m as winger closes in on a move to Man United – Ajax legend claims he ‘has not proven much’ yet and his proficiency’ at Holland Hasn’t been high
- Antony is close to completing a move to Manchester United for €100m (£84m)
- This would make him the second most expensive signing in United’s history.
- Marco van Basten feels the winger doesn’t deserve anywhere near this figure
- Van Basten has questioned Antony’s lack of consistency and final product.
Ajax legend Marco van Basten has claimed Manchester United are paying too much money to bring winger Antony to Old Trafford.
Antony is closing in on a move to United after the Red Devils agreed a £84million (€100m) deal with Ajax over the weekend, and was seen in Carrington as he arrived for his medical on Monday.
If the deal goes through, Antony would become the second most expensive signer in United’s history behind Paul Pogba. Van Basten thinks Ajax is getting the better side of the transfer.
Antony is closing in on a big money move from Ajax to Manchester United in the coming days
The move would see him reunited at Old Trafford with his former boss Erik ten Haag
‘Antony’s worth €100m? No, not yet,’ Van Basten told Ziggo Sport on Monday night.
The Brazilian winger has scored 24 goals and recorded 22 assists in 82 appearances for Ajax since joining the club in 2020.
During this time he has won the Dutch title twice, as well as the Dutch Cup, playing under Erik ten Haag, and is now set to reunite with his former boss at United.
However, Van Basten still questions the 22-year-old’s consistency, and feels Antony needs to work on his final product.
Antony hasn’t proved much yet. Of course he played some good games. But his efficiency has not been high in the last two years,’ he said.
Marco van Basten claims United are paying the odds for Antony
Van Basten has appeared to make reservations about Antony since arriving in the Netherlands two years ago from So Paulo for around £21m (€25m).
The former AC Milan forward expressed his disappointment at Ajax in 2020 for Fox Sports spending so much money on Antony instead of promoting youngsters from his academy.
‘He has a huge mouth at Ajax: our youth education is very good,’ he said.
‘And then you’re going to buy a young player for a huge sum. Something is fishy.
‘If you hit yourself in the chest so badly that youth education is so great, of course it is ridiculous that you are going to buy a young player from Brazil for €25m.’