Ajax defender Daley Blind has admitted that a move to Manchester United would be very difficult to turn down, while also admitting that a move to Barcelona would also appeal to the Dutch international.
Louis Van Gaal had believed to have wanted new Barcelona signing Thomas Vermaelen to play as a left sided centre back in a back three, but with that move failing to materialize he may look to sign Daley Blind, who is capable of playing in a number of different positions. This versatility would make Blind a valuable asset to Manchester United who are lacking in left footed players.
The 24-year-old spoke to Goal.com and admitted that a move would be very hard to turn down, and as seen at the World Cup, the Ajax player was favoured by Louis Van Gaal.
“Of course, it’s flattering when you’re linked with clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona.
“It would be very hard to turn down these kind of clubs. But there’s no serious interest as of yet.
You can never make promises in football. When you make a promise, you have to stick to it. There are plenty of players who promise to stay and then leave after all. I am keeping my options open. I am very happy in Amsterdam and at Ajax, but you never know what could happen.”
Blind is capable of playing in a left wing back role as seen at this year’s World Cup and he has even featured as a left sided centre half, but most of his appearances for Ajax last year were in the centre of midfield. Such versatility could make the the Dutch international a very valuable addition.
The 24-year-old is well aware of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United telling reporters earlier in the summer.
“The link with Manchester United is easily made because Robin [van Persie] is playing there and Van Gaal takes over next season.”
Ajax Youth coach Richard Witschge admitted that he thinks that is inevitable that the 24-year-old will be leaving Ajax.
“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.”
Blind is under contract until 2016 and it is believed that he could be purchased for about £17 million, which could prove a stumbling block to a possible deal.
He provided a magnificent assist for Robin Van Persie’s sublime headed effort against Spain, and United fans could now see more goals like that being scored between the Dutch pair for the upcoming season.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.