Ajax manager Frank de Boer believes his side can keep hold of Dutch star Daley Blind this summer, in light of strong interest from both Manchester United and Barcelona, but admits everyone in his squad is up for sale.
Blind was a key part of Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad in Brazil, starting every game during their run to the semi-finals, while being widely hailed as the best left-back of the tournament, and reports have linked him with a move to Old Trafford to join up with his now-former national team coach.
The 24-year-old was also named Dutch football of the year for the 2013-14 campaign, after helping guide Ajax to their fourth consecutive Eredivisie title, though de Boer is hopeful he will be back for this season to try to add a fifth.
‘Personally, I don’t think so,’ de Boer told AT5, when asked if he felt Blind would leave this summer.
‘Everyone is obviously for sale, but we feel that those three players, the World Cup players [Blind, Jasper Cillessen and Joel Veltman], with a few guys in the current squad, should be the water carriers of this squad.
‘We want to build a core with guys like Davy Klassen, Stefano Denswil, Ricardo van Rhijn and Ruben Ligeon. All guys who have been at Ajax since childhood.’
The son of Ajax and Netherlands legend Danny Blind, the left-back-cum-midfielder played in a holding role for his club side last season and his versatility would allow him to line up for United alongside recent £30 million addition Luke Shaw.
However, Barca are also said to be targeting the 19-times capped international, meaning the two sides could well become entangled in a bidding war which Ajax would prove powerless to resist.