Daley Blind can't resist Manchester United temptation, admits Ajax boss

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has stated the temptation of a big club is something Manchester United target Daley Blind will find hard to resist.

The 24-year-old Netherlands defender is heavily linked with interest from Manchester United. Earlier this month the Dutchman suggested he would be open to a move amid speculation over his future and now his Ajax manager Frank de Boer has echoed his statement.

“We all know that if there is a certain amount on the table we cannot refuse,” De Boer said. “Then we'll wish him all the best.”

“But I have not heard anything about it, so I am assuming that he still stay for a year. I think it's best for him, but on the other hand, the temptation is there if such a big club comes,” he added.

It appears from these comments and previous comments made by the Ajax coach that Manchester United could have their man if they offer the right amount of money for the £15 million-rated utility player.

He was asked directly in relation to rumours Manchester United had made a bid and, judging by his comments, the club are somewhat resigned to selling Daley Blind, leaving the ball in the Red Devils’ court.

Ajax's youth coach said earlier this month that he expected Blind to leave the club, revealing he had been training on his own, separated from the rest of the Dutch champions’ squad. The club have sold a number of players to Premier League clubs in the last 12 months with Siem de Jong joining Newcastle this summer and Christian Erikssen moving to Tottenham last summer.

Daley Blind may well be the next Ajax star on his way to England but it won’t be for any less than the club’s valuation of him and, following his strong displays at the World Cup in Brazil this summer under Louis van Gaal with the Netherlands, that value may have risen, especially as Luke Shaw’s hamstring injury and Patrice Evra’s move to AC Milan now leaves the United boss in a bind over his left-back spot.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch