Patrice Evra has been a wonderful servant for Manchester United for the past eight and a half years. However, over the past few seasons he has shown noticeable signs of decline and his deputy, Alexander Büttner, was't good enough to fill in his shoes. Therefore Manchester United have prioritized purchasing a left-back in this transfer window.
The Red Devils have identified young Luke Shaw as the perfect long-term replacement for Evra, who recently signed a one-year contract extension to temporarily prolong his stay at Old Trafford.
The 18-year old Southampton full-back has excelled over the past two seasons at St. Marys and was voted into the Premier League team of the year over the likes of Leighton Baines.
Shaw has already cemented his reputation as one of the best young players in the Premier League by displacing Chelsea legend Ashley Cole in Roy Hodgson's 23 man England squad for this World Cup. However 34 million seems to be an extravagant amount to pay for such an inexperienced player. Hence Manchester United should consider signing Daley Blind instead of Luke Shaw.
Blind: Good value for money
Blind has performed excellently for Ajax this season and was recently voted as the 'Dutch Player of the Year'. He has proved to be an indispensable asset for the Netherlands at this year's World Cup and is one of the main reasons why Netherlands have won three out of three in the group stages.
His brilliant pass to Robin van Persie against Spain to set up the equaliser will forever be remembered as one of the best assists in this year's World Cup. He followed that with another assist to Arjen Robben in the same match, proving just how incredible his range of passing is.
Blind is capable of playing of playing as a left back, as a left midfielder and as a holding midfielder, where he has excelled for Ajax this season. Blind was also deployed at centre back against Chile and did not disappoint, making an impressive nine tackles in the match, showing just how tough he is to get past. Such an attribute is important for success in a physical competition like the Premier League.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay £34 million to secure the services of Shaw. Daley Blind is available for just £12 million. It would seem a bargain considering that he is only 24-years old and is yet to reach is peak, and at the same time he is not too young and inexperienced.
Leighton Baines didn't have the best of games against Italy in England's first defeat and Hodgson was hesitant to drop him for Shaw. This showed a certain lack of faith; not in his ability, but in his experience. Blind on the other hand is having a wonderful World Cup so far and is one of the focal points of a very exciting Dutch team that is destined reach the later stages of the competition.
Louis van Gaal should act fast and secure the services of the 'Dutch Footballer of the Year'.
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