Manchester United will be told that they will have to cough up £20 million if they want to land Daley Blind from Ajax, according to the Sunday Times.
The Red Devils are in need of adding defensive reinforcements having lost Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra this summer. They have already missed out on Thomas Vermaelen who has joined Barcelona, while a swoop for primary target Mats Hummels appears to be a no-go.
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal selected Blind for his Dutch World Cup squad where he put in a string of impressive performances, and according to the Sunday Times that has prompted Ajax to add a few extra million on his price tag.
It was previously suggested that Manchester United would have to cough up around £17 million in order to secure the 25-year-old's services, but now the Sunday Times report that Ajax value him at £20 million in anticipation of a bid arriving from Old Trafford.
No bid yet
The paper adds that Manchester United are yet to make a move despite the fact that they are running out of time to get the job done, and Ajax believe that is because Van Gaal is hoping that the Dutch club blink first and lower their asking price.
Blind will offer Manchester United cover at centre-back and at full-back, and he demonstrated that he can step in to midfield when called upon too. If he does complete his switch to Old Trafford then Van Gaal will target at least one more defender to bolster his back line.
The former Barcelona coach wants to deploy a three-man defence this season and can currently only call upon Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans.
So far it has been a frustrating transfer window for Van Gaal, who has failed to sign a new player since officially taking over at Manchester United.