Daley Blind has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United and Barcelona, as both clubs look to improve on their disappointing 2013/14 league campaigns, according to the Daily Mail.
The versatile left back was one of the stars of Van Gaal's Netherlands team as they finished third in the World Cup, leading to a rise in interest in his availability, most notably from Barcelona and United.
Van Gaal is looking to replace Patrice Evra, who has moved to Juventus, and views Blind as an ideal replacement for the departed Frenchman. Van Gaal believes he would be able to provide competition for Luke Shaw and could also play in midfield when needed.
However, Barcelona are also interested in Blind, with Luis Enrique looking to make his mark on a Catalan side that finished second in the La Liga last season and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
Enrique has already signed Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Claudio Bravo and the former Barcelona player is looking to strengthen his side further. The Spaniard believes Blind's versatility can be useful to Barcelona as they look to compete on domestic and European fronts after their poor fortunes last term.
It is believed Blind is keen to work with Van Gaal again after the Dutchman left the Netherlands team to manage United, meaning the Red Devils have the upper hand over their European rivals. However, both suitors will need to pay in the region of £18million in order for Ajax to consider letting go of one of their prized assets.