German tabloid Bild has rubbished recent reports which have suggested that Borussia Dortmund could make a move for Manchester United transfer target Daley Blind.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claimed that BVB were interested in the Feyenoord star but Bild gives Jurgen Klopp’s side just a three per cent chance of pulling off a deal after the World Cup.
“De Telegraaf reported BVB’s interest in the Ajax defender. Probability: 3%” reports Bild.
It’s easy to see why a side like BVB could be interested in Blind because he’s one of the most versatile Dutch players at the World Cup, capable of playing at left-back or in a defensive midfield role.
BVB would have presented a major obstacle to United if they’re thinking of going after the Ajax man because of their relative chances of success in Germany, Champions League football and Klopp’s reputation.
Klopp is one of the best in the business when it comes to taking younger players, investing his time in them and turning them into the strongest players in the Bundesliga.
It’s just unfortunate for the BVB boss that so often his best players are subsequently sold off to his main rivals.
United’s chance of signing Blind after the World Cup are mixed.
On the one hand, they stand a great chance with Louis van Gaal as manager, who is likely to be a big factor in the decision of any Dutchman to join Manchester United this summer.
On the other hand, he’s one of Ajax’s most important defensive players having made 29 appearances in the Eredivisie last season and six in the Champions League.
He’s also under contract at Ajax until the summer of 2016, which means the Dutch side are under no pressure to sort out a new contract or get a sale sorted quickly.
It will be fascinating to see if LvG urges United to sign Blind after the World Cup but BVB don’t look likely to give United a problem in the transfer market.