Saturday, 30 August 2014

Daley Blind: Man Utd agree £13.8m fee with Ajax for defender

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Manchester United have agreed a fee of £13.8m with Ajax for versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind.
Blind, 24, was in Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad and can play at left-back and as a defensive midfielder.
Personal terms are still to be agreed but if the deal does go through he will be United's fifth summer signing.
United have already spent over £130m this summer, including a British record £59.7m on Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
The Old Trafford side have also bought left-back Luke Shaw, midfielder Ander Herrera and Di Maria's Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo.
A club statement read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms."

Daley Blind factfile

Born: 9 March 1990
Netherlands: 19 caps, 1 goal
Ajax debut: v FC Volendam 7 December 2008
Club honours: 4 Eredivise titles (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14)
Club stats: 120 Ajax appearances, 3 goals
Individual honours: Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2014
United have been linked with Blind throughout the summer but Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said he was reluctant to sell him unless the Premier League side met their valuation, reportedly in the region of £14m.
Overmars claimed on Wednesday that Blind would only leave if an "absolute prize was paid", and told the de Telegraaf  newspaper: "We believe we currently have a strong team and want to hold on to Daley for another a year."
Van Gaal is keen to strengthen his defensive options after a difficult start to his Old Trafford tenure with just one point from the opening two Premier League games and a humiliating 4-0 defeat by League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Blind, who is the son of ex-Netherlands international Danny, scored his first goal for his country in a 3-0 victory against hosts Brazil in the World Cup third-place play-off in the summer.
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