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Manchester United Agree £14 Million Fee For Daley Blind, Say Reports

BlindDutch 600x450 Manchester United Agree £14 Million Fee For Daley Blind, Say Reports

According to reports in England and the Netherlands, Manchester United have agreed a £14 million fee for AFC Ajax defender Daley Blind. All that is left is for the player to agree to personal terms with the Premier League club, which is expected to be a formality.

Once the transfer is finalized, Blind will become United’s fifth signing of the summer; following the arrivals of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria.

United scouts were on hand last weekend to see the 24-year-old in action against PSV Eindhoven and club officials have been working overtime to close a deal for the reigning Dutch Footballer of the Year.

Blind is favored by United manager Louis van Gaal for his ability to play across a range of defensive and midfield options. The Dutch boss utilized the product of the Ajax youth system this summer during Holland’s surprising World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Speculation is Van Gaal will use Blind in a central role on the squad, given United’s early season injury problems and lack of depth in the midfield.

United are in the process of finalizing the sale of Shinji Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund, as well as the departure of Tom Cleverley. The reported arrival of Blind will help bolster the club’s decreasing midfield numbers.

Blind has been linked to a number of European clubs this summer. But prior to tonight, no official bids had been reported by representatives of the Eredivisie side. The word around Ajax is the club was hoping to hold on to the versatile player for at least one more season, before rubber stamping a move away from the Dutch league.

On Wednesday, Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that any club interested in signing the Netherlands international would have to pay an “absolute top price”.

“We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay another year,” Overmars told the Dutch publication.

“Only if the absolute price is paid is a transfer negotiable.”

“Daley’s management know how we feel at the moment.”

“Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price.”

It appears United have met that price and/or the player has told Ajax officials he wants to reunite with manager Louis van Gaal and fellow-Dutch international Robin van Persie in the red half of Manchester.

Blind has made 100 appearances as a member of the senior squad at Ajax and was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2012-13. The Dutchman also played on every level of Holland’s national team before being called up to the senior squad in February 2013.

He has 19 international caps and featured in every match during Holland’s third-place finish in this summer’s World Cup.

About Peter Quinn

Although a college basketball coach for sixteen years on the NCAA Division I and II levels, Peter has been an avid football fan for more than half his life. He considers himself a student of coaching and team management. As well as coaching, Peter has spent time working in Sports Information at various colleges and universities. His articles on European football have been picked up by International Business Times UK and USA Today. Twitter: @CoachPeteQuinn
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3 Responses to Manchester United Agree £14 Million Fee For Daley Blind, Say Reports

  1. Guy says:

    To me, this is a more important signing than Di Maria…..for a whole lot less!

  2. Drewan Danehal says:

    Di Maria is the most important United signing for years; a champions league winnet and certainly the most exciting senior player we’ve had since CR7 left the club. It shows the rest of the football world that the Glazers will pay top dollar for a world class player; it shows agents, chairmen, managers and players of rival clubs we are attracting big players even without the lure of Champions league football. Di Maria is the best United player at the club and will drive the team forward, create and score goals and win the ball back. Blind is a utility player; handy to have, but won’t be first choice left back or wing back and will need to play alongside a dominant cb as he’s too lightweight.

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