Ajax defender Daley Blind continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United as we approach the final two weeks of the transfer deadline.
United boss Louis Van Gaal has already made three signings this summer, though rather surprisingly he has yet to dip into the Dutch market and bring in one of Holland’s brightest young stars.
His native country is loaded with exciting talent waiting for their major breakthrough and the two names hot on the lips of European observers are Memphis Depay and Ajax star Daley Blind.
The latter, a 24-year-old versatile player who is comfortable in defence and as a holding midfielder was one of the highlights of Holland’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Valued at £20 million by the current Eredivisie champions, the Dutch Footballer of the Year has been touted for a move to Old Trafford and a potential deal could be on the cards given Van Gaal’s recent admission over the need for more players.
When asked regarding the speculation over his future, Blind remained coy and told reporters that there is nothing to report for now before hinting that a ‘very nice club’ could change his mind.
Daley Blind on a transfer, "I have nothing to report. I'm happy here"— Dutch Football (@football_oranje) agosto 17, 2014
Blind,"If a very nice club comes in, then we will talk and then we will see." #Ajax— Dutch Football (@football_oranje) agosto 17, 2014
Blind could offer Van Gaal support in a number of positions and has proven to be a very reliable player for his former Dutch boss.
Selected at left wing-back during Holland’s 5-1 World Cup thrashing over Spain, it was his assist which provided striker Robin Van Persie the chance to equalise with his now-famous looping diving header.