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Daley Blind only available if Ajax receive "very high" offer

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Manchester United have still not made formal contact with Ajax in an attempt to sign versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind, according to the club's financial director Marc Overmars.

Blind shone at the World Cup and given his strong relationship with Louis van Gaal has been persistently linked with an £18 million move to Man United over the last two months, but try telling that Overmars.

The Ajax chief is adamant he hasn't held talks with United despite reports to the contrary, telling Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he would only consider letting his captain leave if he receives a "very high" offer before the transfer window slams shut.

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Overmars wants Blind for one more season

Ajax are still very confident of keeping Blind for another season, unless as Overmars conceded they receive a concrete offer in the next six days that is simply too good to turn down.

Overmars claimed: "We believe that we currently have a strong team and want to keep hold of Daley for another year

"Only if the a very high price is offered will we negotiate a transfer."

Blind remains a key linchpin of a side chasing a fifth successive Eredivise title, which means United will have to pay a premium if they're serious about adding tenacity and technical quality to their under-fire squad as a matter of urgency.

Is another left-sided star the right signing?

Man United are still the market for defensive-minded additions despite taking their spending beyond the £140 million mark with a club-record deal for Angel di Maria last night, but despite his versatility Blind may not be the answer to serious deficiencies in their current squad.

Blind is primarily a left-sided option despite being equally capable in central midfield, an area United have already invested in heavily this summer with moves for Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.

Van Gaal is definitely a huge admirer of the Ajax skipper, that's no in question, but you have to question why United haven't ready focused their transfer energy towards Amsterdam if a late deal for Blind was truly in the works.

United have six days to swap a watching brief for a concrete offer, but don't be surprised if Blind stays in the Dutch capital for one more season at the very least.

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