Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been the most persistent chaser of Dutch defensive midfielder Daley Blind - but faces competition from Barcelona for the signature, according to reports.
El Mundo Deportivo claims that the Red Devils boss has help in his pursuit of the player however, and it comes in the shape of his father - Danny Blind - the Netherlands technical assistant. He worked under Van Gaal at the World Cup, and the pair appeared to get the best out of Blind junior on the way to the semi-final.
His form at Ajax had also been impressive in the previous season, and that’s alerted a number of top clubs, according to the report, with Arsenal and Liverpool also among the interested parties.
Barca see Blind as their second option in the transfer window, and are willing to offer €20million for the player. However, the paper claims the Dutch giants want €22million for the versatile 24-year-old, who can also play at left-back.
Things have changed at the Nou Camp this summer, with Luis Enrique the new Barcelona boss and club legend Carles Puyol leaving Catalonia.
The La Liga giants have already welcomed controversial forward Luis Suarez to the club, but are now looking to strengthen a bit further back in the field.
They face strong competition from Manchester United however, as Van Gaal continues to make a major impact at Old Trafford. He’s been tasked with bringing back the glory days following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and subsequent dip, and he’s wasted little time in making his mark.
Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already been drafted in by the Red Devils, and the spending appears unlikely to stop there after the Dutchman finally arrived at the club for his first press conference last week.
The Manchester United squad have subsequently flown out to America for their pre-season tour, but that doesn’t mean transfer business will stop, and Blind is an option for the former champions.