Marco van Basten thinks it is ridiculous that Ajax is set to break their transfer record to sign Brazilian attacker Antony from Sao Paulo.

Saturday morning brought news from the Dutch media that Ajax had reached a deal to sign the 19-year-old winger for a fee that could reach higher than €25 million. That makes it the most expensive deal in Ajax history.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Marco van Basten blasted Ajax for spending that much on a youth player and believes they should use their money in a better way.

He said, “At Ajax they have a very big mouth: our youth education is so great. And then you are going to buy a youth player for a mega amount. Something is wrong then. If you hit yourself so terribly in the chest that the youth education is so great, then of course it is ridiculous that you are going to buy a youth player from Brazil for 25 million.

“The youth academy is the jewel of Ajax and then you have to spend your money on boys who guide the younger players. Guys of a certain level and a certain age, such as Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic. That is the balance that you have to find between youth and other players. “

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