Daley Blind is set to return to Ajax after Manchester United agree on £18.5 million fee with the Dutch club.
According to a report published by an English publication Daily Mail, Daley Blind is returning to his former club Ajax, after Manchester United accepted the reported £18.5 million bid made by de Godenzonen to gain his services.
Blind joined Manchester United four years ago, under the tenure of Louis Van Gaal. He was signed as a first team player and in his first season played a prominent role in most games from central midfield. The very next season, Van Gaal shifted him into a defensive position at the back.
Since then Blind has failed to settle in to one position at the club, and under Jose Mourinho, he has failed to establish himself to be a regular player for the Red Devils, as he was limited to only seven appearances last season, three of which came in the first three matchdays of the season.
With Manchester United already completing the signing of the midfielder Fred, and having resumed their search for an alternative in the left-back position, considering they were already pursuing the likes of Danny Rose and Kieran Tierney, it would have brought Blind even lower down in the pecking order. Thus, a move out of England looked like the most logical way out for the Dutch international.
Meanwhile, earlier Ajax already confirmed their interest in the versatile player, but were considering other alternatives too and were also patient with Mourinho’s decision with the player. But, now with Manchester United having accepted, Blind is set for a move to Johan Cruyff Arena this summer.
The two clubs have confirmed a deal for Blind to return to his former club for an initial reported fee of £14 million which could rise to £18.5 million with performance-based add-ons.
Blind was entering into the final season of the five-year contract he signed while joining Manchester United from Ajax in 2014. Despite it, Red Devils will probably recoup more than the £17 million they paid for his services four years ago, if Blind performs to his full potential in Amsterdam to trigger the add-ons.