Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has described Daley Blind’s move to Manchester United as the perfect example of how a modern day transfer should be done.
Louis van Gaal managed to complete a move for Blind on the final day of the summer transfer window, which ended weeks of speculation regarding Blind’s future after an impressive World Cup with the Netherlands.
In a contemporary football world where values such as loyalty seem to be in short supply, the former Barcelona icon has praised the way Ajax and Manchester United went about concluding the deal.
“Daley Blind is a wonderful example of how it should be done. Educated at Ajax, loan spell at FC Groningen and then further development at Ajax, through to the World Cup squad. Finally a top transfer to Manchester United,” he told De Telegraaf.
“He could be a role model for young players at Ajax so that they don’t leave the club too early.”
Ajax stood by their guns throughout the weeks leading up to the eventual sale suggesting that they were open to a deal with United, but van Gaal’s side had to make a very good offer.
It’s unfortunate for Ajax that they didn’t retain Blind who looks like a superb invest by United (£13.8 million) in a summer where they also paid close to £60 million for a single player.
A question, which will be lingering in the minds of some United fans is what the Blind deal could mean for any further business with Ajax?
There doesn’t appear to be any hard feeling on any side because each party has got what they want; United have a versatile defensive player and Ajax have got a deal which they believe is fair.
United have been linked with other Ajax players in the past such as forward Viktor Fischer and midfielder Davy Klaasen but if the Dutch side following the blueprint Cruyff clearly admires, any deals are unlikely to be imminent.