Manchester United move ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham for Ajax star

Manchester United have been linked with a number of Dutch players since the appointment of Louis van Gaal, with Daley Blind now a target.

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager van Gaal was appointed earlier this month after the sacking of David Moyes, with the 62-year-old set to assume his duties at Old Trafford after he has guided Holland through the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Given that he's currently managing the Dutch national team, van Gaal has been repeatedly linked with a number of Dutch stars including Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins Indi, Kevin Strootman, Wesley Sneijder and Memphis Depay. Factor in that van Gaal has often engineered a Dutch influx wherever he has managed, and it's easy to see why many expect more Dutchmen to join van Gaal and Robin van Persie at the club.

The latest name to be linked with a switch to the Red Devils is Ajax man Blind, who can fulfil roles at both left back and in the centre of midfield. The 24-year-old - son of Dutch international legend Danny - has had an outstanding season in the Eredivisie and is now expected to start at left back for van Gaal this summer.

Blind's versatility in a number of positions would be hugely beneficial to United, especially as they have issues in both positions that Blind is adept in. Patrice Evra has signed a new contract at the club but at 33, his career is coming towards the end and United need to identify the Frenchman's long-term successor - which could well be Blind.

There are also concerns in the centre of midfield where Blind could play a role, and it seems that United's interest is legitimate given that they've now reportedly jumped ahead of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign the international.

The presence of van Gaal could swing the deal in United's favour - a factor that United may be hoping comes into great effect with Dutch targets in the near future.

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