Daley Blind performed to distinction during the Netherlands defeat of Spain on Friday and inevitably there are now links with a transfer to Manchester United beginning to emerge. The Ajax full-back provided two assists during the 5-1 thrashing, including one sumptuous ball to Robin van Persie, which the striker dispatched with a stunning header.
With the Netherlands under the stewardship of soon to be Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, it was only a matter of time until Blind’s excellent display against Spain resulted in reports of interest from his international coach.
According to The Mirror, Blind could well follow Van Gaal to Old Trafford during the transfer window and would relish the prospect of being able to link up with the Netherlands boss at Manchester United. Ajax would supposedly entertain offers of £12 million for the 23-year-old.
What about Luke Shaw?
Manchester United are known to be in the market for another left-back although it would seem that, so far, they have prioritised the acquisition of Luke Shaw from Southampton over that of Blind. Shaw is expected to become a Manchester United after the World Cup for an enormous £30 million.
The signing of Shaw, however, may not end the interest in Blind. For Ajax last season he spent much of his time playing in central midfield, making 20 appearances in this position, and Van Gaal is reported to consider Blind as a potential future left winger.