Daley Blind speaks out about Manchester United transfer

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Ajax defender Daley Blind has spoken out about his potential move away from Amsterdam this summer, and says he is open to talking to Manchester United about a switch.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that a £20 million move could be on the cards. 


Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal picked Blind as part of his 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer, and reportedly wants to lure him to Old Trafford in order to add cover at the back - something he has admitted he is currently short of.

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Ajax manager Frank de Boer has previously admitted that he wouldn't stand in the way if Manchester United came calling. Blind says that he is relaxed about his future, and would stay at Ajax if a move fails to materialise - although he is also open to a switch.


"If a club announces itself, we'll talk but I'm happy here as well," he said. "So for me there's no hurry."

It would appear as though Van Gaal is prioritising a move for Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo - who can also play at centre-back as well as at full-back - before moving on to Blind. The former Barcelona manager is trying to deploy a three-man defence but as it stands can only call upon the services of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Completed soon?

Reports today suggest that Van Gaal is confident of wrapping up a deal for Rojo shortly, despite the complications surrounding his ownership. An argument between his club Sporting Lisbon and part-owners investment group Doyen Sports prompted fears that Manchester United may struggle to get the deal done before the close of the window. 

However it is being reported that a deal could be done for a fee of £16 million plus Nani, although the winger isn't sold a return to his home country.

Difficult summer

If that deal were to be completed shortly it would likely alleviate the tension around the club. They haven't signed any new players since the last week of June when it was expected to be a major summer of upheaval at Old Trafford, and so far they have failed to land a number of top targets.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for criticism over the lack of activity, although deals for Rojo and Blind would ease the pressure somewhat. 

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