Manchester United now know that they can land Daley Blind this summer, so long as they stump up a handsome fee, as Ajax boss Frank de Boer confirmed that they won’t stand in the way of a big move.
The future of Blind has been the subject of constant speculation following his participation at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and it’s said that Louis van Gaal is keen to bring him into the United fold. Initial fears were that his club could play hardball during negotiations due to his status as one of their star performers, but De Boer has revealed that Ajax won’t block a potential move providing their suitably recompensed.
Blind’s transfer open
"We all know that if there is a certain amount on the table we cannot refuse. Then we’ll wish him all the best,” Blind’s boss said, according to the Daily Express.
“But I have not heard anything about it, so I am assuming that he still stays for a year.
“I think it’s best for him, but on the other hand, the temptation is there if such a big club comes.”
That admission should be enough for Van Gaal, who is heavily tipped to make an offensive to sign the player who served him so well for the Netherlands. At the moment Luke Shaw is only proven option in the left wing-back position, and his recent injury highlights a need for a ready-made alternative.
On top of that Blind’s versatility means that he can play in both a central defensive position and central midfield. With Van Gaal on the look out for a holding midfielder he could effectively kill two birds with one stone, and he is comfortably aware of the 24-year-old’s talents due to their previous work together.
Should all come to pass as expected then the ultimate decision could well come down to Blind. The left-back will surely have ambitions to play in one of Europe’s elite divisions, and Ajax’s unerring dominance in the Eredivisie - they’ve won it four times in a row - means that now is the perfect time to test himself elsewhere.
That being said United aren’t the only top club in for him, and Barcelona have also been heavily linked with a raid for his signature in recent weeks. New Catalan boss Luis Enrique has been ushered in with the mandate of restructuring the squad at the Nou Camp, and has already set about putting his own touch on proceedings.
It’s believed that Barca want the £15 million rated Blind as they too were impressed by his World Cup showing, and their participation in the Champions League could aid their cause. That being said Van Gaal’s presence at United could be enough to sway the left-back’s decision in their favour, only time will tell.