Manchester United fans will be salivating with excitement, after Ajax youth coach Richard Witschge told sources that he believed Daley Blind would be leaving the club soon.
According to Dutch magazine Helden, Witschge shed light on how he expected the young full-back to be finding a new club this summer, and revealed that he was training alone. United have been hotly linked with a move for the 24-year-old since former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal took control of the Old Trafford hot-seat, and speculation has reached fever pitch since Patrice Evra completed his switch to Juventus.
Blind at Ajax
Despite having only ever played for Ajax - barring a loan spell to Groningen in 2010 - Blind has attracted the attentions of a number of top European sides, and his mature World Cup performances in Brazil this summer did little to quell the intrigue into his availability.
The player himself has already won four Eredivisie titles, and it makes sense to assume that he has ambitions of his own when it comes to furthering his career. As such a move to United, where he could duly become the latest name to sign up to Van Gaal’s exciting project, makes sense, and the lack of Champions League football will bother him less than it would other targets.
The concept of him moving to pastures new in the coming weeks is certainly something Ajax coach Witschge believes could come to fruition. In his interview with Heldon the former defender admitted that he thought Blind’s exit was imminent.
“I think Daley Blind leaving soon. I have a feeling ... He started training by himself. I think he is done, because there's something going for him," the 44-year-old conceded.
A move to United?
Though it’s been rumoured that Barcelona also rank amongst his suitors, United have been credited as being the frontrunners for his signature purely because of his relationship with Van Gaal. What the Dutch manager will certainly have to work around if he is successful in landing Blind however is the fact that he would then have two aspiring full-backs at his disposal, with only one slot to fill.
Luke Shaw was purchased from Southampton only earlier this summer for a hefty £28million, and the England international - despite his recorded fitness issues - looks like the real deal. In Van Gaal’s recently implemented 3-5-2 formation that means that the only other position Blind could take up would be a holding midfield role.
The versatile Dutch star has played their before, and United are looking for an individual to take up such a duty, but question marks would inevitably linger over his ability to keep out the Premier League’s best attacking midfielders if he was given the responsibility.