Marco van Basten hits out at Ajax’s ‘strange and crazy’ transfer business

Marco van Basten says that the transfers Ajax made in the summer are “strange and crazy” given most of the signings aren’t being played.

It was a turbulent transfer window for the Amsterdam club with a number of key players being sold and €100m being spent on replacements.

Of those signings though, only Steven Bergwijn and Calvin Bassey have consistently been in the starting XI, with the other eight playing little thus far.

Given how much money was spent on them, Van Basten is baffled by this.

“If you look at what has happened, Ajax have received more than €120m and more than €100m has been spent. But when I see the team, I think: ‘what for?'” he said on Ziggo Sport.

“You have Bergwijn and Bassey, but the rest do not matter at all. What is your purchasing policy, what about that? The money has to be on the field, right? So the purchases are strange and crazy, why do you buy those players if you don’t play them?

“Whether there is something skewed between the technical men, I don’t know. But if you spend €100m and just play two out of nine purchases… I think that’s a bit of a strange story.”


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