Daley Blind is set to be Manchester United’s sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (who has been sent back to Vojvodina on loan), Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria.
United have reached an agreement with Ajax over the transfer of the Netherlands international, who will undergo a medical, agree personal terms and then complete his move to the Premier League giants.
Blind has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in which he was a star player for the Oranje in their march to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The 24-year-old is a versatile player who can play in defence and in midfield, which is something that United manager Louis van Gaal would cherish. The Dutchman, who worked with Blind at the Netherlands national team, likes players who can play in different positions.
However, Blind was one player United did not need, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, who points out that the Dutchman, Rojo and Shaw all are left-backs.
.@aksakaria Looked good at the WC but even though Blind and Rojo can play different positions seems strange to sign them and Shaw.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 30, 2014
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, though, seems to be of the opinion that United have made a good signing in Blind.
It may sound like Manchester United have invested in a Braille newspaper, but in Daley Blind they have a talented, versatile player.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 30, 2014
Opinions will differ among United fans as well, but there can be no doubt that Blind is a player with quality who is going to be asset to United.
Did Manchester United need to sign Daley Blind?