Manchester United are looking to get a deal for Ajax defender Daley Blind wrapped up before their first Premier League game against Swansea next week, say the Daily Mail.
Boss Louis van Gaal has previously admitted that he is looking for defensive reinforcements as a priority, and is targeting deals for both Blind and Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
It has been something of a frustrating start to life at Old Trafford for the former Barcelona boss - off the pitch at least - having so far failed to land a single new player since he officially took over. The deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw were in the pipeline while he was at the World Cup - although he did give his approval - and so far moves for the likes of Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels have been unsuccessful.
However, now Manchester United are back from their prolonged pre-season tour of America things could start to gather pace, and the Daily Mail say that Van Gaal is keen to get Blind on board before the first game of the season.
The Ajax utility man, who has been valued at £17 million, can operate at full-back and in midfield, while he is also capable at centre-back. The 24-year-old is part of Frank de Boer's Ajax side that has won four consecutive Eredivisie titles, and now appears ready to make the step up to Old Trafford.
Previously he had been linked with Barcelona, but Manchester United appears to be his most likely destination.
The Mail adds that Van Gaal would also like to wrap up a deal for Vermaelen shortly, and Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is now willing to offer £15 million in order to persuade Arsenal to sell up, having failed with an initial offer believed to be in the region of £6 million.
Along with the two potential new arrivals, Van Gaal is set to decide on the fate of some of his fringe squad members, with the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Marouane Fellaini facing the chop.
Away from the transfer market and Van Gaal has started life at Old Trafford strongly, guiding his new side to five straight pre-season wins to offer hope that they can bounce back from their record low 7th place finish in the Premier League last season.
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