Manchester United have finally confirmed the deadline-day signing of Netherlands international Daley Blind, with less than three hours of the current transfer window remaining.
Blind joins the Red Devils for a fee of £14 million and has signed a four-year deal at Old Trafford, with an option for a further if the deal proves to be a success.
The 24-year-old captained Ajax last season and has been earmarked by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal as a versatile option who can bring much-needed steel and style to midfield at the Theatre of Dreams.
Blind delighted with Van Gaal reunion
Primarily a holding midfielder who is also equally adept on the left side of defence, Blind is a player Van Gaal knows very well after both helped Holland storm to third place in a very credible World Cup showing this summer.
After scouring the market for a quality central midfielder Van Gaal has finally returned to a player he can trust in Blind, who is clearly delighted to be reunited with the veteran Dutch tactician in the Premier League this season.
"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," he said after the deal was confirmed earlier tonight.
"I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there.
"Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world."
Van Gaal waxes lyrical about fifth summer signing
Any notion that United don't mean business in terms of a title challenge this season has been well and truly dispelled over the last 24 hours, with Blind the club's fifth major summer and signing and a deal for Radamel Falcao expected to be confirmed later tonight.
United have now taken their summer spending to a whopping £170m, an all-time club record, but Van Gaal clearly feels the Blind deal is essential to his vision for moving the team forward after a very difficult start to the season.
Van Gaal was glowing about Blind's capabilities in the official press release confirming his signature, revealing: "I am delighted Daley has signed for the club.
"He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions.
"Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team."
United fans will be made to wait nearly two weeks to see Blind, Falcao and Marcos Rojo wear red at Old Trafford, with Queens Park Rangers their next opponents on September 14, after the rather annoying international break.
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