Liverpool have made a shock swoop to sign Dutch full-back Daley Blind, and are now in talks with Ajax in order to negotiate a deal.
The Metro claims that Brendan Rodgers has firmed up his interest in the young defender, and it’s believed that the transfer will be worth around £12million. Naturally the news will be viewed as a blow by Manchester United fans, as they have also seen their club linked with him in recent weeks - particularly given Louis van Gaal’s position as the head coach of Holland.
The 24-year-old dazzled during his nation's World Cup opener against Spain, and is fast acquiring a glowing reputation for himself. With Rodgers keen to improve his back line after recognising it as a weak spot during last season’s campaign, Blind most certainly fits into the mould of the sort of player he is seeking, and the Northern Irishman will be desperate to fend off competition from rival clubs.
Of course that’s easier said than done, and with United seeking a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra they’ve been actively attempting to acquire a new left-back for quite some time now. Initially it was Everton’s Leighton Baines who was touted as the man for the job, and more recently Southampton youngster Luke Shaw found his name in the headlines. However neither of those moves now look to be on the cards, and Van Gaal could see Blind as the perfect alternative given the fact that he has worked with him before.
The Eredivisie star’s versatility will also no doubt count in his favour if he does want to move to the Premier League, as he’s capable of playing comfortably in centre midfield or in the heart of the defence. This would indicate that he can offer more than either Shaw or Alberto Moreno - a man Liverpool have been heavily linked with in the past few weeks - and at £12million his price-tag pales in comparison to some of the others being bandied about.
Regardless of the Blind deal fans at Anfield will be salivating with anticipation given Rodgers' early transfer window dealings. The Reds have already confirmed the captures of both Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can and England striker Rickie Lambert, and the haste with which those two deals were completed speaks volumes over the club’s eagerness to ensure they’re ready for the Champions League next season.
Unfortunately their historic rivals couldn’t be in a more different situation if they tried. Whilst Van Gaal’s appointment has been met with widespread aplomb, the Red Devils have yet to engineer a single big transfer this summer, and there are growing concerns within the club that they will be able to secure the signatures of the men the Dutchman wants to bring in. A rejection from Blind in favour of a move to Merseyside would be the ultimate humiliation, but with Borussia Dortmund also having approached Ajax, a scenario could unfold wherein he ends up snubbing the Premier League altogether.