Ajax have braced themselves for a Manchester United bid for Daley Blind, according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Blind for some time now, and have been quoted a price of £20 million according to reports.
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is in need of defensive reinforcements, and having missed out on Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona is now hoping to wrap up a deal for the 24-year-old Ajax ace.
Blind can play in a variety of positions including full-back and centre-back - two areas that Van Gaal would like to add options with Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra all exiting Old Trafford this summer. Previous reports suggested that he wants the deal wrapped up before Manchester United's opening fixture against Swansea and while that seems a tad optimistic, Der Kraan says a move is on the cards.
"Ajax are waiting for the moment Louis van Gaal comes calling," he told TalkSPORT. "The fact they have already made enquires for a replacement for Daley Blind is a strong signal that they think Louis van Gaal might call before the transfer window closes."
Der Kraan adds that Blind is keen on securing a move to Old Trafford and is waiting on Van Gaal to make his move.
The fact that Blind's father was part of Van Gaal's coaching staff for the World Cup in Brazil this summer will also help the deal move along swiftly when Manchester United do come calling.
"He loved working under Van Gaal at the World Cup," Der Kraan revealed. "His dad, Danny Blind, the former Holland and Ajax captain, has worked as an assistant coach to Van Gaal for many years and Van Gaal actually asked his dad to come to Manchester with him, but he wanted to work for the Dutch FA.
"If he [Van Gaal] asked his son [to follow him to Manchester United], I don't think he would get the same answer."
Although they appear to be firm favourites to land the utility defender, the Red Devils may face competition from Barcelona, who are said to be after him, while the player himself has admitted that a move to Spain may suit his style better than the Premier League.
Should a deal for Blind be wrapped up, Manchester United are likely to sign one more defender, while Van Gaal has also admitted he'd like to add more quality in wide areas. Moves for Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina have been suggested, but are likely to be pricey.
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