Daley Blind to Man United latest: Coach says he’s ‘leaving soon’ but Ajax demand £17m

first_imgWith transfer deadline day slowly coming into focus, the race is on for clubs to make their final purchases of the summer window.Manchester United kicked off their summer of spending in spectacular fashion by landing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for a combined £58m, but the Red Devils have recently gone quiet.Boss Louis van Gaal has commented that he still needs to bring in further additions, but will he have time? The latest player tipped with a move to Old Trafford is Ajax star Daley Blind, but how close is he to a transfer? Here’s the latest…Leaving soonAjax youth coach Richard Witschge has set tongues wagging by commenting that Blind has been training alone and will likely be leaving the club before the end of the transfer window. “I think Daley Blind will be leaving soon. I have a feeling… He has been training by himself. I think he has done that, because there’s something going on,” he is quoted by Heldenonline.nl as saying.Ajax demanding £17mThe Guardian, in their own, unique way, have suggested that Blind will cost Man United in the £17m, with Ajax ‘demanding’ a sizable fee for the 2014 Dutch Footballer of the Year, although with Barcelona thought to be sniffing around the 24-year-old, United will have to move fast.Replacement lined upMan United’s interest in Daley Blind may be in its infancy, but the Red Devils’ chances of landing the defender-cum-midfielder have received a massive shot in the arm after Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported that Ajax are preparing for his departure by lining up a new arrival. They claim that the Amsterdam giants are running the rule over a number of players, with PEC Zwolle’s Kamohelo Mokotjo thought to be top of the list.Double swoopThe Daily Express believe that Van Gaal is looking to land a double swoop for Blind and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen before the end of the summer, and will fund it by selling up to £100m worth of talent. Blind’s versatility is has convinced Van Gaal to bring him to Old Trafford claim the publication, with the Red Devils’ boss likely to play him in his more natural defensive midfield position.Competition from BarcelonaWhile there may be some substance to United’s interest in Blind, they will need to move quickly if they are to land the Dutchman with the Daily Mail reporting that Barcelona are plotting their own move. The Catalan giants are believed to be planning on launching a €22m move for Blind, with new boss Luis Enrique viewing him as the perfect utility player.Man United fans, is Daley Blind the ideal signing? Comment below… Daley Blind has been linked with a move to Man United 1last_img