Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax for versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind.
Daley Blind is likely to sign for Manchester United before the transfer window closes, with the club in advanced negotiations with Ajax to close a deal of about £15m for the utility player. Blind was not included in the Ajax squad for their match at Groningen on Sunday after he was given permission by the Dutch club to hold talks with United. BBC have reported that the fee for the transfer has been negotiated. Personal terms are still to be agreed but if the deal does go through he will be United’s fifth summer signing.
Blind has been linked with a move away from the Dutch club throughout this window with Barcelona and United being the front-runners for his signature. Ajax had commented from time to time that they want to keep the versatile player, but would only let him go for a reasonable price.
In fact, Marc Overmars, the Ajax director of football, told De Telegraaf earlier this week, “We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year. Only if the absolute top price is paid is a transfer negotiable. Daley’s management know how we feel at the moment. Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price. There’s some rumblings around Daley, some clubs inquired, but there is no concrete offer. And with Manchester United, there is no contact at all.”
Blind traditionally operates as a left back and has been molded into a defensive midfielder by Frank de Boer. Last season, Blind was played as a holding central midfielder and put on great performances for his side. This positional switch has seen him being dubbed as ‘the Dutch Philipp Lahm’, He was named Dutch Footballer of the Year as Ajax won a fourth consecutive league title. He worked with Louis van Gaal at the World Cup, and gained widespread acclaim for his good performances.
Provided Blind completes his medical and agrees personal terms, he will become the fifth new signing of the Van Gaal era at Old Trafford, joining Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria in a new-look Manchester United squad.