Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has suggested that Manchester United need further convincing to commission a move for Feyenoord defender Daley Blind.
The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, with doubt hanging over the potential deal for Southampton defender Luke Shaw.
Blind is performing in front of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal with the Netherlands at the World Cup, but the Dutch publication insists that he’ll need to back up the superb performance against Spain if he wants an opportunity at Old Trafford.
“If he continues to play as in the first match against world champions Spain – he is a serious candidate for the club (United) and Louis van Gaal,” reports the newspaper.
Shaw would definitely be the more expensive option for United to pursue with the Saints playing hardball over the price of their teenage defender.
Shaw, included in England’s World Cup squad, could set United back £30 million as well as a huge personal package, which would put Shaw on higher wages than some of United’s more established first team stars.
The Dutch paper suggests that Chelsea are also still interested in doing a deal for Shaw, contrary to reports which suggest they pulled out of the running to get him weeks ago due to the scale of Manchester United’s initial offer.
However, he’s a real long term option for United and someone who could nail down the left-back spot for well over a decade, paying United back for the huge costs it would take to get him up front.
Blind is a cheaper option at around £12 million and he’s also playing in front of United’s new boss.
That gives LvG the chance to mull over how he would go about using Blind in the United first team and it also represents a chance for United’s potential captain for next season, Robin Van Persie, to speak with the 24-year-old.
There are two very important Manchester United individuals working with him on a daily basis and the initial signs are good but such is the potential of Shaw, Blind needs to continue to play out of his skin to engineer an Old Trafford move.