Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
That comes true for the lengthy pursuit by Manchester United to land Daley Blind. The news, seemingly broke over night, in the early hours before Manchester United take on Burnley, in what has been seen by many as a very early season “must win” match.
Daley Blind is set to join Manchester United from Ajax for around £14million, according to reports in Holland.
The two clubs have agreed a fee, and the player just needs to agree personal terms, which is expected to be a formality.
United have been linked with the versatile Dutch international throughout the summer, and the deal comes just days after Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said Blind would not be sold on the cheap.
Blind, who can play at left back or as a defensive midfielder worked with Louis van Gaal at the World Cup, and has been keen to link up again with the United coach.
Blind seems to be a great fit for United. He has played the past six seasons for Ajax, a system in which is very close to what manager Louis Van Gaal preaches to his teams. Blind had a very successful World Cup playing under Van Gaal and his two main attributes is his passing range and versatility. Most fans will never forget the Robin Van Persie header goal against Spain during the World Cup, which came from a perfect long range cross by Blind.
Van Gaal recently said he still plans on using the 3-5-2 system and a player of Blind’s versatility fits perfect. He can play either on defense or in the midfield. He understands Van Gaal’s system well and can be plugged in several different roles. With new additions to the squad, such as Marcos Rojo, it should help with the transition process of having someone who understands Van Gaal-football.