Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax for the transfer of versatile Dutch defender Daley Blind, who is expected to complete his move to Old Trafford later today.
This is according to multiple reports from both the Dutch and British media, including the Daily Mail, who claim that the fee in question is £14 million.
The deal will then be finalised once the player has completed a routine medical and agreed personal terms with the Premier League giants.
United's pursuit ends successfully
United have been strongly linked with Blind since the beginning of this summer’s World Cup finals - the tournament which saw Blind excel under the management of current Red Devils’ boss, Louis van Gaal.
Blind was predominantly deployed as a left wing-back by Van Gaal, although the player - who was named the 2014 Dutch Footballer of the Year following a stellar campaign with Ajax - is also capable of playing as a central defender and as a holding midfielder.
Where will he play?
Quite where Van Gaal plans to deploy Blind is currently unclear, but it seems likely that the Netherlands international will be mostly used as one of United’s three centre-backs.
However, if the Red Devils fail to land a first-class central midfielder before the summer transfer window closes on Monday night then it’s possible that Blind will line up alongside Ander Herrera and record-signing Angel di Maria in central midfield.
Barcelona were also strongly linked with Blind earlier this summer, but the Catalan giants eventually pulled out of the race after opting to sign Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen - who United were keen on - instead.
Blind will become United’s fifth major summer signing following the acquisitions of Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Di Maria.