While Manchester United struck a decisive blow to their top four rivals this week by acquiring the £59.7 million rated former Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, manager Louis van Gaal can one-up the club's ambitions for the season even further should he recruit Ajax utility Daley Blind.
Manchester United are light in the heart of midfield and also in defensive positions, meaning that the Dutchman's addition to the Old Trafford roster could see him provide cover - and competition to - a variety of roles.
With a number of problem areas being filled with just one player, United could revolutionise their rearguard, yet Ajax board member Edwin van der Sar seemingly refuses to give the transfer rumour credence and was eager to instead focus on what Blind gives his current employers - Ajax.
"At the moment Daley is our player," he told reporters.
"We are really happy with him. He performed fantastically well at the World Cup and also last year for Ajax. He came in as a young boy, at an age of eight years old and that’s the philosophy of Ajax.
"Creating young players… bringing them through to the first team and giving them the opportunity to shine in the first stage of the European front."
Van der Sar reportedly dropped a "huge hint" that Blind will soon join United earlier this week, according to The Express, who noted that the former goalkeeper was spotted at United's training ground in Carrington where he could "thrash out a deal."