Ajax defender Daley Blind has revealed that he would consider a move to Manchester United if Louis van Gaal approaches him before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.
The 24-year-old, who knows Van Gaal from their time working together with the Netherlands national team, confirmed that he will assess his options if the Red Devils make a formal offer.
Blind open to leaving Ajax
“I am happy here in Amsterdam,” the Dutchman was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “But if there comes another club I will have to think about it and then we will see.
“I will think about my options. For now I will focus on Ajax and we will see what happens next week.”
De Boer gives his blessing
Meanwhile, Ajax boss Frank de Boer appeared to give Blind his blessing to leave the Eredivisie giants by admitting that the 2014 Dutch Footballer of the Year deserved a move to a top European club.
"I am convinced he will make the right choice," De Boer told reporters. "If he goes to a big club then he has definitely deserved it.
"But I think it would be better if he stays one year. Last year was a good year for him but I think he can improve a lot with us.
"If a club comes along with a lot of money it is almost impossible to say no. But we won't let him go for free that is for sure.
"It is important for the player and the club that there is no tension or that it happens at the last minute."
Blind dropped by De Boer
Speculation that Blind will be leaving Ajax this month - or at the start of September - intensified on Sunday when he was left out of the club's starting line-up by De Boer.
Blind, who has reportedly been training on his own in recent weeks, came on midway through the second half as Ajax recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory over Vitesse Arnhem.
Blind's versatility has made him a particularly attractive option for both Manchester United and Barcelona over recent months.
Blind: Versatile and perfect for Van Gaal
Van Gaal deployed the defensive-minded player in all seven of the Netherlands matches at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil, mainly as a left-sided wing-back but also as a holding midfielder.
The Manchester United manager has implemented the same 3-5-2 system on the Red Devils' pre-season tour of America and is expected to stick with the same formation throughout the 2014/15 campaign.
That Blind can play as a holding midfielder, left wing-back and centre-back means United are likely to match Ajax's £20 million asking price - particularly after losing out on Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona at the weekend.
Watch: Daley Blind in action
United supporters remain expectant
Signing Blind, therefore, may solve Manchester United's defensive concerns. However, the club's supporters were still be hoping that Van Gaal secures the services of another top-class central midfielder before the transfer window closes.
Arturo Vidal's move from Juventus to Old Trafford remains a distinct possibility, with a host of reports insisting that a club-record deal will be announced - should everything go to plan - within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal is also believed to be close to completing a deal for Fiorentina ace Juan Cuadrado, who would become United's new first-choice right wing-back.
The Dutch coach has told Rafael - along with six other United stars - that they should find new clubs as the Van Gaal revolution gets underway.