Merely hours after the official confirmation of Thomas Vermaelen’s move to Barcelona, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been hit with another blow to his plans, this time in the form of Daley Blind.
The Dutch full-back ranks highly amongst Van Gaal’s targets for this summer, and the United boss himself even talked up the possibility of bringing players from his home nation to Old Trafford recently. However the 24-year-old Blind has, according to the Daily Express, citing Goal, revealed that he would rather move to La Liga, as it suits his style of play.
What will worry Van Gaal most of course is that Barcelona have also registered themselves as being interested in Blind’s signature. His versatility as a player, topped off by his impressive showing at this summer’s World Cup, has massively bolstered his reputation, and with both Luis Enrique and Van Gaal attempting large-scale squad overhauls, the Eredivisie star is an ideal purchase for both of them.
Blind prefers Barca
"La Liga would suit my style of play,” Blind told Goal.
"Perhaps England as well, but that's a very physical competition and that's not my biggest strength.
"I have made steps forward physically, but fighting out personal duels is not my thing. I am not like Jan Vertonghen, who is very powerful."
If the Dutch star was to join Barcelona ahead of United it would most certainly worry a considerable amount of fans. The idea of missing out on the purchase of a left-back isn’t all too disconcerting, as Luke Shaw’s arrival has alleviated that specific concern, however Blind would become the second high-profile star to opt to move elsewhere, which is a rather carefully aimed boot to Van Gaal’s transfer plans.
The 63-year-old has his work cut out for him with regards to restoring United’s standing amongst the Premier League’s elite, and rejection of this kind won’t sit well.